Uses of Literature / Edition 1

Uses of Literature / Edition 1

by Rita Felski
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405147245

ISBN-13: 9781405147248

Pub. Date: 06/17/2008

Publisher: Wiley

The diverse motives and mysteries of why we read are explored in this groundbreaking new work by Rita Felski. Challenging many time-worn homilies and theories put forth in contemporary literary criticism, Uses of Literature offers refreshing new insights into the purpose and value of reading literature.

Proposing that the interaction between reader and

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Overview

The diverse motives and mysteries of why we read are explored in this groundbreaking new work by Rita Felski. Challenging many time-worn homilies and theories put forth in contemporary literary criticism, Uses of Literature offers refreshing new insights into the purpose and value of reading literature.

Proposing that the interaction between reader and literature involves four “modes of textual engagement”—recognition, enchantment, knowledge, and shock—the author bridges the gap between literary theory and common-sense beliefs about literature. Wonderfully original and brimming with valuable insights and provocative ideas, Uses of Literature will change the way you think about why you read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405147248
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Sales rank:
330,916
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1 Recognition 23

2 Enchantment 51

3 Knowledge 77

4 Shock 105

Conclusion 132

Notes 136

Index 146

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