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Other Titles: Questioning Gratitude in an Unequal World with Reference to the Work of Toni Morrison
Authors: Liz Jackson
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: 英語學系
Department of English, NTNU
Abstract: The last few decades have seen an increasing amount of philosophical, psychological, and educational research and theory promoting the virtue and value of gratitude. Such works elaborate various reasons for gratitude and argue for it in various cases, including unintuitive situations such as cases of harm. This essay challenges broad contemporary promotions of gratitude by considering gratitude in difficult, realistically complex moral circumstances, exploring gratitude in contemporary American author Toni Morrison’s novels, particularly The Bluest Eye (1970) and Sula (1973). It then explores the alternative form of moral education that reading such fiction can provide in relation to relevant philosophical and educational views, reflecting particularly on Martha Nussbaum and Morrison’s own perspectives regarding the possibilities and limitations of learning from fiction.
Other Identifiers: 30BD8C08-B1DC-B713-E719-D94A6C6C8F44
Appears in Collections:Concentric: Studies in English Literature and Linguistics

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