Book Announcement: A History of the Lie of Innocence in Literature: Sons Who Become Orphans

A History of the Lie of Innocence in Literature: Sons Who Become Orphans now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp270, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A History of the Lie of Innocence in Literature: Sons Who Become Orphans, authored by Rodney David Le Cudennec.

This book traces the history of what it terms the “lie of innocence” as represented in literary texts from the late 18th century to contemporary times. The writers selected here – William Blake, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, and Cormac McCarthy – write at various points in which the western world was undergoing a process of secularization. This work commences with a study of the bible demonstrating the extent to which “innocence” is realized there as a lie. It identifies in the bible how “innocence” is used for political, social and ethical expediency, and suggests that the explications of each reference can be demonstrated to testify to an absence of innocence, to indeed the lie of its supposed meaning.

In analyzing the selected texts, emphasis is given to the continuation of biblical relevance even when the described world of social behavior works outside religious and biblical notions of good and evil. Instead, this book embraces an interconnection between Nietzsche’s “innocence of becoming” and the biblical tree of life that had been rejected in western mythology. It is, this work argues, the choice to sanctify the biblical tree of knowledge that presumed to know what was good and what was evil that brought about the lie of innocence. The book focuses on the relationship between fathers and sons, arguing that it is the orphan son, cut away from paternal ties, who embodies the possibility for the world to embrace an “innocence of becoming”. It further shows, with some optimism, that in a post-apocalyptical world, as envisaged by McCarthy, the son can be freed to choose the tree of life over the tree of knowledge.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

A History of the Lie of Innocence in Literature: Sons Who Become Orphans can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

Rodney David Le Cudennec, PhD, is currently teaching English at Braemar College, having previously worked as a constable in Australia’s police force and as an international aid worker in Africa. In more recent times, he transferred his scholarly interest to literary studies and philosophy. During the course of his doctoral studies at Deakin University, he took up a position as principal at a school in England, which was dedicated to creating a curriculum for students who were otherwise disconnected from mainstream education. On returning to Melbourne, he taught history, literary studies and politics at tertiary institutions. Le Cudennec has published papers presented at international conferences, and is co-writing his second book on the absence of heroes in political life.

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