In this impassioned intellectual work of literary criticism, the eminent critic Roger Shattuck not only examines the meaning of moral responsibility in literature and in our everyday lives, but suggests that we live in a violent world and present-day culture that has abandoned all limits and that dismisses taboos and fails to heed the wisdom of that which is sacred.
An exploration of the meaning of moral responsibility in literature and daily life. In Shattuck's view the tragic destiny of Western culture has been to gradually erode all sacredness in a continued transgression of all limits. In the quest for knowledge and ever more rarified experience, the link between boundaries and the moral life has been broken. Shattuck hopes that we can yet recover our innocence by reexamining the greatest myths and stories of our tradition.
From Prometheus to Pornography
By Roger Shattuck