Chapter 3. A Nation of Madame Bovarys: On the Possibility and Desirability of Moral Improvement through Fiction

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Joshua Landy Associate Professor

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch3

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Landy, J. (2009) A Nation of Madame Bovarys: On the Possibility and Desirability of Moral Improvement through Fiction, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch3

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Stanford University, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • moral improvement through fiction;
  • parody of didacticism;
  • preaching to the converted;
  • asymmetry of “imaginative resistance”;
  • Madame Bovary;
  • virtue ethics and gossip

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prudence or Oneiromancy?

  • A Parody of Didacticism

  • Preaching to the Converted

  • The Asymmetry of “Imaginative Resistance”

  • Virtue Ethics and Gossip

  • Qualifications

  • Positive Views