By Sandra J. Lindow
Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and ethical improvement takes an unique method of Ursula okay. Le Guin's paintings - speculative fiction, poetry and kid's literature through contemplating her Taoist upbringing after which searching through the lens of ethical improvement theorists resembling Carol Gilligan and Mary box Belenky and psychologists reminiscent of Lenore Terr and Jennifer J. Freyd. it's the such a lot entire method of Le Guin's ethical considering to this point. a specific emphasis is wear Le Guin's depiction of actual and sexual baby abuse and its long-term aftereffects reminiscent of put up disturbing rigidity ailment. the focal point through the ebook is on how morality develops via self-awareness and voice, how ethical judgements are made and the way Le Guin demanding situations readers to re-evaluate their very own ethical considering This ebook covers all of Le Guin's significant works akin to The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Earthsea sequence, regularly Coming domestic, The Telling and Lavinia, and it additionally appears to be like intensive at paintings that's infrequently mentioned comparable to Le Guin's early paintings, her poetry, and her photo books
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Dancing the Tao : Le Guin and Moral Development by Sandra J. Lindow