Author: Abraham B. Yehoshua
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 8613What is the relationship between literature and morality? Theater and ethics? Film and moral values? It has become unfashionable for today's critics to make even fleeting references to the moral issues raised by novels, stories, plays, and films. The renowned Israeli novelist and critic Abraham B. Yehoshua considers these crucial questions and illuminates his reading of nine texts—from the story of Cain and Abel to Camus, from Dostoyevsky to Raymond Carver-by admitting the moral dimension into his critical appraisals. How is the aesthetic value of a piece of writing to be established? In addition to traditional criteria, such as psychological complexity, originality of subject matter, and use of language, Yehoshua demonstrates how characters, who undergo moral as well as intellectual development and discover a capacity to transform themselves, embody literature's greatest achievements.