University of California Press: December 1989
In The Company We Keep
, Wayne C. Booth argues for the relocation of ethics to the center of our engagement with literature.
But the questions he asks are not confined to morality. Returning ethics to its root sense, Booth proposes that the ethical critic will be interested in any effect on the ethos, the total character or quality of tellers and listeners. Ethical criticism will risk talking about the quality of this
particular encounter with this
particular work. Yet it will give up the old hope for definitive judgments of "good" work and "bad." Rather it will ... View More...