After the Reformation, science superseded both religion and literature as the favored source of knowledge. As people became free of a catechism of rote responses, they found the concept of self-determination both liberating and terrifying. Literature stepped in by providing examples of fictional characters that made choices in circumstances similar to the quandaries faced by readers_situations that could not be easily resolved by scripture alone.
Joyce D. Brotton is associate professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, where she teaches world literature, composition, and technical writing. She also serves as Program Head for English Adjunct Faculty and coordinates the Certificate in Professional Writing for the college.
Part 1 List of Tables Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. The Seventeenth Century: A New Worldview Chapter 5 2. The Eighteenth Century: The Enlightenment and Rationalizing Morality Chapter 6 3. The Nineteenth Century: Culture Opposed to Nature Chapter 7 4. The Twentieth Century: Literary Modernism and Putting the Pieces Together Chapter 8 5. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: Postmodernism and Living with Change through Dialogism Part 9 Conclusion Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 Index Part 12 About the Author