Print ISBN: 978-1-63700-442-5
# of Pages: 400
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Critical Insights: Power & Corruption

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October 2023


This volume focuses on literary texts that have dealt most memorably with this theme to help readers better understand different views and treatments of this concept. These important works are crafted to be effective as literature, not mere statements. The essays in this title will seek to define how definitions of power and corruption have changed throughout history, the criteria by which some uses of power are judged corrupt, and whether or not these criteria can be considered objective or universal. CI: Power & Corruption will also delve into how human differences (gender, race, and class) affect definitions and perceptions of power and corruption.
This volume, like all the others in the Critical Insights series, is organized into four distinct sections. The first section opens with an essay by a major scholar who explores some of the general dimensions of the volume’s theme. It begins with an introductory “About This Volume” essay, followed by another work titled "Chaos and Old Night: Power and Corruption in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men" by Nicolas Tredell. 
This is followed by four Critical Contexts essay to further explore this theme by using (1) a historical approach; (2) an approach emphasizing previous scholarship; (3) a specific “critical lens”; and (4) an approach involving comparison and contrast.
  • The Earliest Newspaper Reviews of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four by Robert C. Evans
  • Documentary Films as Contexts for Recent Novels about the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Robert C. Evans
  • A Small Town Called Hibiscus: A Novel (and Film) about the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Their Historical Contexts by Robert C. Evans
  • Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem and the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Robert C. Evans
Following these four Critical Context essays is the Critical Readings section of this theme, which contains the following essays:
  • “Doing evil” and “Doing right in the sight of the Lord”: Power and Corruption in the Bible by Edwin Wong
  • The Power and Corruption Identity in Senecan Tragedy by Edwin Wong 
  • “Some by virtue fall”: Power, Corruption, and Senecan Stoicism in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Matthew M. Thiele 
  • Virtus and Intercessory Prayer in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Brandon Schneeberger
  • Shakespeare’s Cleopatra and the Biblical “Strange Woman” of Proverbs by Christopher Baker
  • Milton’s Satan as Demonic Pygmalion by Christopher Baker
  • Power, Corruption, and Narrative Control in Wuthering Heights by Melissa Anderson
  • Does Power Indeed Corrupt? A Debate Illustrated with Character Studies from All the King’s Men by Steven D. Ealy
  • Power and Corruption in/and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible by Robert C. Evans
  • “A Very Good Life”: Tactical Pacifism in John Williams’s 1965 Novel Stoner by Sue Norton

Each essay in Critical Insights: Power and Corruption includes a list of Works Cited and detailed endnotes. In the final section, Resources, starts with Additional Works on Power and Corruption and a Bibliography. Finally, this section closes with an About the Editor section, Contributors, and a detailed Index.

The Critical Insights series distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world’s most studies literature. Edited and written by some of academia’s most distinguished literary scholars, Critical Insights: Power & Corruption provides authoritative, in-depth scholarship that students and researchers will rely on for years. This volume is destined to become a valuable purchase for all.