Uses of Literature

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Wiley, Jun 9, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 162 pages
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Uses of Literature bridges the gap between literary theoryand common-sense beliefs about why we read literature.
  • Explores the diverse motives and mysteries of why we read
  • Offers four different ways of thinking about why we readliterature - for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, andshock
  • Argues for a new “phenomenology” in literarystudies that incorporates the historical and social dimensions ofreading
  • Includes examples of literature from a wide range of nationalliterary traditions

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The author makes a good case for 'enchantment' as a valuable aspect of literature that is too often overlooked by critics and scholars. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Rita Felski is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia, and an Associate Editor of New Literary History. She is the author of Beyond Feminist Aesthetics, The Gender of Modernity, Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture, and Literature After Feminism. She is also editor of Rethinking Tragedy.

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