Book Review: Prosaics and Other Provocations

Prosaics and Other Provocations: Empathy, Open Time, and the Novel by Gary Saul Morson was reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal, 58.3 (Fall 2014). Reviewer Barry P. Scherr (Dartmouth College) writes:

“Professors in undergraduate and especially graduate courses offered, and perhaps still offer, dire warnings against treating literary characters as though they somehow resembled real people or focusing on the writer’s intent in producing a work. Evaluation—declaring a work to be “good” or “bad”—was to be abjured. Morson cheerfully, even aggressively, violates these prohibitions. He is not afraid to single out those writers and works that he calls great, to consider the views of authors on literature, and to use novels as a means for probing ethical issues that individuals may face in real life.”