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Title: Narrative life in Philip Sidney
Author: Anderson, David Geoffrey.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis investigates the relations bcth\ccn the conception of action in ethics and the conception of narrative in literary studies. I firstly argue that literary narrative is used to conceptualise our understanding of action. and that thus it forms a type of ethical discourse. I then study the way in which literary narrative is used as ethical discourse in the \\ork of the Elizabethan author Philip Sidney. argue that action and narrative can only be understood in terms of each other. Thus \\c conceptualise the world through narrative and by using narrative Actions arc only made intelligible as part of a possible sequence of actions. Literary narratives can only be understood through the generally available concepts of action. Thus, literary narratives. while the \, cannot be reduced to philosophy or politics. are formed by and help to form our conceptions of action and ethics in the \\orld. For this reason, the meaning of a literary \\ork (conceived of as an action) cannot depend upon the intention of the author I then turn to ho\\ some of these themes are understood in the use of Renaissance rhetoric and by the \\ritcr Philip Sidney. Despite its explicit privileging of heroic. Sidney"s Defence (f Poetry privileges comedy as a central literary form. The structure of the plot of Sidney"s Arcadia is that of a comedy. Thus. the ethics of the Old Arcadia, as a comic ethics, cannot be understood only in terms of the implementation and subversion of moral rules. Instead, the ethics operates using a distinction bct\\cen agents who attempt to resist the effects of fortune on their self-definitions. and those agents \\ho alter their self-definitions in response to fortune. The work symbolises an ethics that is subversive of certain explicit codes, but that is nonetheless a definite ethos.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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