A Literary History of Reconciliation: Power, Remorse and the Limits of Forgiveness


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"From William Shakespeare to Jonathan Franzen, this book traces the cultural history of the idea of 'reconciliation' in literature, religion and politics. By tracing how remorse moved from being a spiritual experience built on Christian notions of forgiveness to a question of ethics, A Literary History of Reconciliation argues that this seemingly new model of reconciliation can in fact be traced to a change in perceptions in the sixteenth century. During the time of Shakespeare, literary authors began to suggest that ...

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