The Use And Abuse Of Literature

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In this deep and engaging meditation on the usefulness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and professional lives and restore it to the center, as a radical way of thinking.But what is literature anyway, how has it been understood over time, and what is its relevance f...

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307277127
ISBN-13: 978-0307277121
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 1876292
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I was looking forward to reading this due to Marjorie Garber's well deserved reputation as a practical critic, particularly of Shakespeare. This book, however, fails to make the leap from thoughtful considerations of individual works to larger issue...

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? Who gets to decide what the word means? Why has literature been on the defensive since Plato? Does it have any use at all, other than serving as bourgeois or aristocratic accoutrements attesting to one’s worldly sophistication and refinement of spirit? What are the boundaries that separate it from its “commercial” instance and from other more mundane kinds of writing? Is it, as most of us assume, good to read, much less study—and what would that mean?