Damned If You Do

Damned If You Do : Dilemmas of Action in Literature and Popular Culture

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These essays showcase the value of the narrative arts in investigating complex conflicts of value in moral and political life, and explore the philosophical problem of moral dilemmas as expressed in ancient drama, classic and contemporary novels, television, film, and popular fiction. From Aeschylus to Deadwood, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Harry Potter, the authors show how the narrative arts provide some of our most valuable instruments for complex and sensitive moral inquiry.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739138138
  • 9780739138137
  • 2,221,219

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Damned If You Do brings together thoughtful essays on the range of narrative arts-poetry, drama, and the novel, but also television, film, and popular culture-in order to examine the moral dilemmas that confront us. The authors of these essays beautifully illuminate the sometimes inescapable and irresolvable conflicts of the human condition and reflect on the challenges they pose to political life. As a collection, Damned If You Do smartly demonstrates the importance of the narrative arts to the study of politics. -- Natalie Fuehrer Taylor, Skidmore College
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About Margaret S. Hrezo

Margaret S. Hrezo is associate professor at Radford University. John M. Parrish is associate professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 1 Moral Dilemmas and the Narrative Arts Chapter 2 2 The Deadwood Dilemma: Freedom versus Law Chapter 3 3 Political Assassination in Popular Fiction and Political Thought: Trotsky, Arendt, and Stephen King Chapter 4 4 Of Hoplites and Hobbits: Dilemmas of Leadership in Aeschylus' The Suppliants and J. R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Chapter 5 5 Defining Dilemmas Down: The Case of 24 Chapter 6 6 Modes of Moral Reasoning in Uncle Tom's Cabin Chapter 7 7 The Crisis of Slavery in Harry Potter Chapter 8 8 Responsible Life in Paradise Chapter 9 9 Amoral Dilemmas and the Temptation to Tyranny in A Simple Plan
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