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By Richard C. Sterne

Targeting ecu and American trial fiction considering approximately 1880, darkish reflect argues that even though it is mostly lively through a feeling of injustice, this literature displays the digital cave in in Western tradition of the assumption of a common, or natural,ethical legislations. From the traditional Greeks to the Victorians, that concept, notwithstanding powerfully contested via the proposal that justice was once easily the curiosity of the stronger,remained vigorously alive in books as in people's minds. It therefore constituted a substitute for injustice which glossy literature, even if its attitude is non secular, social, or absurdist, not often offers. Sterne offers the argument that the culture of normal legislations should be tailored to the current situation, a speculation that necessitates a view of a world neighborhood during which distributive in addition to punitive justice is finished. Creators of literature, who've so persuasively dramatized the corruptions, cruelties, and absurdities of our time, may then eb referred to as upon to more and more decide to think justways for us to emerge from chaos. darkish replicate is the 1st examine that mixes, comprehensively, the remedy of the old clash among idealistic (natural legislation) and realisticor cynical techniques to the belief of justice.

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6 Antigone adumbrates the notion of "natural law" when she says to Creon that although his edict was strong, his strength "is weakness itself against" The immortal unrecorded laws of God.  (203) Whatever arguments can be made "outside the play" in support of Creon's viewpoint, there is no doubt that in the text of Antigone, the heroine's principle is vindicated. Creon heeds the prophet Teiresias's warning too late to save the life of his son, Haemon, who after Antigone's suicide has killed himself, or of his wife, who has hanged herself upon hearing of Haemon's death.

The Sense of Injustice in Modern Religious Fiction 67 Tolstoy, "God Sees the Truth, But Waits" Resurrection Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Mauriac, Thérèse Desqueyroux 3. The Sense of Injustice in Modern Social Fiction 108 Martin du Gard, Jean Barois Dreiser, An American Tragedy Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle Koestler, Darkness at Noon 4. The Sense of Injustice in Modern Absurdist Fiction 168 Melville, Billy Budd Kafka, The Trial Camus, The Outsider Kundera, The Joke 5. A "Dissenting" Perspective 218 Cozzens, The Just and the Unjust Snow, The Sleep of Reason Conclusion: Toward a Renewal of the Dialogue 243 Betti, The Landslide Wright, Native Son Glaspell, "A Jury of Her Peers" Page viii Porter, "Noon Wine" Anouilh, Antigone Muschg, "Reparations or Making Good" Forster, A Passage to India Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird List of Works Cited 263 Index 273 Page ix Acknowledgments It is a pleasure to thank friends and colleagues who in various ways have helped me in my thinking about the theme of injustice in literature, and in the creation of this book.

4. Justice in literature. 5. Natural law in literature. I. Title. 3'9355 dc20CIP PUBLICATION OF THIS BOOK WAS AIDED BY A GRANT FROM THE HENRY AND IDA WISSMANN FUND Printed in the United States of America Page v For my family Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction xi 1. Idealistic vs. Realistic Conceptions of Justice from Homer to George Eliot 1 2. The Sense of Injustice in Modern Religious Fiction 67 Tolstoy, "God Sees the Truth, But Waits" Resurrection Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Mauriac, Thérèse Desqueyroux 3.

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