Re: RARA-AVIS: Questions for Domenic Stansberry

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 17 Nov 2005

Domenic wrote:

In Boccaccio's view, it was all but impossible to tell a story--even with the devil as the primary speaker--that did not manifest the presence of the divine.
  Much of literary criticism is built upon this premise, and the notion that there is innate morality in every well-constructed tale (and even some of the poorly constructed ones)..

*************** That all literature contains a moral theme was one of the premises of the New Critics. I believe it. It's not so much that literature must teach morals, but that it does at least raise moral questions.

One of the common criticisms of noir is that it doesn't teach morals.


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