The Ethics of Literary Communication : Genuineness, Directness, Indirectness

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Roger D. Sell, Adam Borch, Inna Lindgren
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: John benjamins
Title of series: Dialogue Studies
Number in series: 19
ISBN: 9789027210364
eISBN: 9789027271686


Viewing literature as one among other forms of communication, Roger D.
Sell and his colleagues evaluate writer-respondent relationships
according to the same ethical criterion as applies for dialogue of any
other kind. In a nutshell: Are writers and readers respecting each
other’s human autonomy? If and when the answer here is “Yes!”, Sell’s
team describe the communication that is going on as ‘genuine’. In this
latest book, they offer new illustrations of what they mean by this, and
ask whether genuineness is compatible with communicational directness
and communicational indirectness. Is there a risk, for instance, that a
very direct manner of writing could be unacceptably coercive, or that a
more indirect manner could be irresponsible, or positively deceitful?
The book’s overall conclusion is: “Not necessarily!” A directness which
is truthful and stimulates free discussion does respect the integrity of
the other person. And the same is true of an indirectness which
encourages readers themselves to contribute to the construction and
assessment of ideas, stories and experiences – sometimes literary
indirectness may allow greater scope for genuineness than does the
directness of a non-literary letter. By way of illustrating these
points, the book opens up new lines of inquiry into a wide range of
literary texts from Britain, Germany, France, Denmark, Poland, Romania,
and the United States.

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