Ethical literary criticism, a highly original and self-contained critical approach proposed by Nie Zhenzhao, has witnessed a robust development in both China and parts of the world ever since its debut in 2004. Many Chinese and foreign scholars of considerable stature have gravitated toward this vigorous theory and produced a multitude of academic outcomes. These efforts have culminated in the publication of five works, namely A Study on the Theory of Ethical Literary Criticism, Ethical Literary Criticism of American Literature, Ethical Literary Criticism of English Literature, Ethical Literary Criticism of Japanese Literature, and Ethical Literary Criticism of Chinese Literature, drawing a fruitful conclusion to the major project of “Ethical Literary Criticism: Theoretical Construction and Critical Practice Studies” sponsored by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation. The five-volume canon serves as a milestone, marking the greatest development and perfection of ethical literary criticism that is of...

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