Shaped by Stories
The Ethical Power of Narratives
240 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Paperback | 9780268029746 | October 2009
eBook (PDF) | 9780268080600 | October 2009
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268161156 | September 1997
In his latest book, Marshall Gregory begins with the premise that our lives are saturated with stories, ranging from magazines, books, films, television, and blogs to the words spoken by politicians, pastors, and teachers. He then explores the ethical implication of this nearly universal human obsession with narratives. Through careful readings of Katherine Anne Porter’s "The Grave," Thurber’s "The Catbird Seat," as well as David Copperfield and Wuthering Heights, Gregory asks (and answers) the question: How do the stories we absorb in our daily lives influence the kinds of persons we turn out to be? Shaped by Stories is accessible to anyone interested in ethics, popular culture, and education.
Marshall Gregory is Harry Ice Professor of English, Liberal Education, and Pedagogy at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Shaped by Stories is a well-written, interesting, and humane book on the value of narratives in ethics and in our lives. The volume enters into conversation with a growing, and popular, body of literature, which considers the role of stories, narrative, and literature for ethics and for moral education more generally. Marshall Gregory combines well-grounded observations about literature and about human life, including his own life, in this illuminating interdisciplinary contribution to the ethics of literature." ~Pamela Hall, Emory University