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Chaucer: Ambiguity and Ethics

Joshua Landy

in How to Do Things with Fictions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195188561
eISBN:
9780199949458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188561.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

It is often asserted that fictions improve their readers morally, whether (a) by imparting instruction, (b) by eliciting empathy, or (c) by forcibly fine-tuning capacities for navigation through the ... More


Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Lisa Irene Hau

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book offers an interpretation of the first 500 years of history writing as a moral-didactic genre, and argues that this does not invalidate ancient Greek historiography as history. In Part I, it ... More


The Changeling’s Debt: Maria Edgeworth’s Productive Fictions

Catherine Gallagher

in Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182436
eISBN:
9780191673801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter discusses the productive fictions of Maria Edgeworth. These works show Edgeworth's desire to ground them in clear and distinct general principles, which was nurtured by her strange late ... More


Awakening the Moral Imagination

Vigen Guroian

in Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195152647
eISBN:
9780199849192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores some of the serious shortcomings of contemporary education as regards to the moral instruction of children and the role fairy tales and fantasy stories might play in improving ... More


Englishing the saints in Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne

Kate Greenspan

in Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089701
eISBN:
9781526104243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

In his handbook for priests, Handlyng Synne, Robert Mannyng rewrites the lives of the saints in the exempla in order to ‘English’ them for his audience, appropriating formal as well as ... More


‘Meisterlieder’

ANNETTE VOLFING

in John the Evangelist and Medieval German Writing: Imitating the Inimitable

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199246847
eISBN:
9780191714597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246847.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers poetological issues in relation to the genre of ‘Meisterlieder’, the metrically intricate didactic poetry of the later Middle High German period. The new theme of John's ... More


Polybius

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter offers a thorough analysis of the moral-didactic lessons and moralising techniques of Polybius. It finds that practical, political, and moral didacticism are confluent in his Histories, ... More


Guittone's Ora parrà, Dante's Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia's Anatomy of Desire

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823227037
eISBN:
9780823241019
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Ora parrá is well known as the canzone whose opening stanza so forcefully announces the transition from a poesis inspired with love to one driven by moral didacticism, or, in the terms of the ... More


“She Felt Its Application to Herself”: Persuasion’s Consolations

Sarah Raff

in Jane Austen’s Erotic Advice

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199760336
eISBN:
9780199362257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199760336.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 5 suggests that in Persuasion, Austen comes to terms with her experience as advisor to Fanny Knight by renouncing her claim to teach her readers. This novel replaces the erotics of ... More


The Message of the Togail: Tract or Tragedy?

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter critically examines the extent to which the saga can be seen as an exemplum or strong‐rule tract by considering its differences from didactic texts about kingship such as the tecosca. ... More


Hanif Kureishi

Sara Upstone

in British Asian Fiction: Twenty-first Century Voices

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719078323
eISBN:
9781781703229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719078323.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Hanif Kureishi is the first author of note born in Britain. How he imagines his world is central to his identity as a British Asian author. Kureishi's vision of London, and of the communities that ... More


The World Tomorrow as a Foreign Policy Counterpublic

Michael G. Thompson

in For God and Globe: Christian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452727
eISBN:
9781501701801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a theoretical framework with which to read The World Tomorrow—one that fuses an old category, “foreign policy public,” and a new term, “counterpublic.” With Kirby Page as ... More


Introduction

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The Introduction defines the perimeters and terminology of the book. In addition, it offers a brief overview of the role of moral didacticism in historiography from antiquity to the 21st century and ... More


Diodorus Siculus

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the Diodorus source problem and its bearing on the argument. It then offers a thorough analysis of the moral-didactic lessons and moralising techniques ... More


Fragmentary Hellenistic Historiography

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyses the fragments of Timaeus of Tauromenium, Duris of Samos, Phylarchus, Agatharchides of Cnidus, Posidonius of Apamea, and Hieronymus of Cardia in order to uncover any hints of ... More


Herodotus

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyses the moralising techniques and moral lessons of Herodotus. Using the moralising techniques found and analysed in Polybius and Diodorus as its point of departure, it discovers ... More


Thucydides

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0006
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyses the moralising techniques and moral lessons of Thucydides. Using the moralising techniques found and analysed in Polybius and Diodorus as its point of departure, it discovers ... More


Xenophon, Hellenica

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0007
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyses the moralising techniques and moral lessons of Xenophon’s Hellenika. In terms of techniques, it discovers that Xenophon stands at a midway point between his Classical ... More


Fragmentary Classical Historiography

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0008
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyses the moralising techniques and moral lessons of the Oxyrhynchus Historian, Ephorus of Cyme, and Theopompus of Chios. Using the techniques and lessons discovered and analysed ... More


Conclusion

Lisa Irene Hau

in Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474411073
eISBN:
9781474422048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411073.003.0009
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The conclusion is brief as each chapter has its own part-conclusion. It summarises the argument to the effect that Greek historiography was moral-didactic from its inception, and that techniques ... More


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