After the Reformation, science superseded both religion and literature as the favored source of knowledge. As people became free of a catechism of rote responses, they found the concept of self-determination both liberating and terrifying. Literature stepped in by providing examples of fictional characters that made choices in circumstances similar to the quandaries faced by readers_situations that could not be easily resolved by scripture alone.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 215 x 145 x 14 mm
When science superseded both religion and literature as the favored source for knowledge, most people were at a loss for practical and theoretical guidance in daily life. Brotton (English, Northern Virginia Community College) examines how literature rebounded by supplying characters making the same difficult decisions as were readers, and both making those decisions bereft of religion. Brotton works through a range of works, including King Lear, The Duchess of Malfi, Paradise Lost, Candide, Wuthering Heights and Adam Bede, with modern references in Ulysses, The French Lieutenant's Woman and works by Barnes and Atwood. * Reference and Research Book News, August 2006 *
The book will be influential in literary criticism and the history of ideas. It is very well written... -- Ray B. Browne, Distinguished Professor of Popular Culture, Bowling Green University