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Moral Criticism

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Transcript of Moral Criticism

MORALIST CRITICISM Aspects of Moralist Criticism History of Moral Criticism Began since 360 B.C. Evolution of Moral Criticism 1. Moral Criticism
2. Post Modern Moral Criticism (Neo-Humanist)
- Asks how the reader is affected, American Philosophy that evaluates morality. Response to Naturalism and Romanticism.
3. Christian Humanism
- After WWII Neo-Humanism was replaced with Christian Humanism, same goal but uses Christian beliefs and teachings of morality as its basis. Things to consider: For a moral criticism evaluate the:

Maturity
Sincerity
Honesty
Sensitivity
Courage

If the literature seeks corruption or negative influence.
The moral and ethical teachings the author presents.
How does the text play out ethical principles?
Is a practical, moral, or philosophical idea being presented? Works Associated with Moral Criticism The Holy Bible
The Tortoise and the Hare

Moralist Criticism is a type of literary critique
that judges the value of the literature based on its moral lessons or ethical teachings. WHAT IS MORALIST CRITICISM? Moralist Criticism in simpler terms: Determine the worth of literature by seeing if it encourages good out of the reader. 1. Literature that that is ethically sound and encourages virtue is praised.
2. Literature that misguides and/or corrupts is condemned The Great Greek Philosopher Plato argued that literature and art had the ability to influence people. These influences could cause corruption or virtue. Examples of Moral Criticism "Genius and Taste" (1918) - Babbitt
"Rousseau and Romanticism" (1919) - Babbitt
"The Praise of Dickens" - Paul Elmer More
"Literature and Theology in Colonial New England" (1949) - Kenneth B. Murdock Works Citied

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/02/

http://aplitsota.blogspot.com/2010/11/moral-criticism.html

http://cyberenglishdhs.wikispaces.com/Moral+Criticism

http://www.slideserve.com/misu/moral-philosophical-criticism Pictures:
en.wikipedia.org
cyberenglishdhs.wikispaces.com
blog.lib.umn.edu



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