Re: RARA-AVIS: literature a moral harm

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 25 Aug 2006

I'm a big fan of the New Critics. Their idea is that one of the main purposes of literature is to raise moral questions. The idea that literature is supposed to teach morals leans towards the iffy side. In most cases, this type of literature either leans towards the juvenile, like Aesops Fables, or propaganda, like Ayn Rand or Upton Sinclair. It can take the literature tag, but rather than promoting thought, the reader is cast as more of a sponge.

And the problems with The Confession are deeper than a bad boy protagonist.


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