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The dark side of literacy : literature and learning not to read

Author: Benjamin Bennett
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This book conducts a radical criticism of the concept of "reading," especially of the concept of "the" reader, as these concepts are commonly used in literary criticism. It sketches in broad terms the historical provenance of "the" reader, in an argument that includes discussions of Dante, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Marlowe, and German idealist philosophy, then suggests that most major European literary works since the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Miguel{de Cervantes Saavedra; Giovanni Boccaccio; Heinrich von Kleist; Franz Kafka; Thomas Mann
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Bennett
ISBN: 9780823229161 0823229165
OCLC Number: 227930872
Description: ix, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Reading and the theory of reading --
Poems, myths, and the advent of modern reading --
Dante and the invention of the novel reader --
Boccaccio, Cervantes, and the path to solitary reading --
Magic and history : the roots and branches of Dr. Faustus --
Intransitive parody and the trap of reading : what reading really is --
Kleist, Kafka, and the refutation of reading --
The parting of the ways : a concluding note on the novel and literary studies.
Responsibility: Benjamin Bennett.
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Conducts a radical criticism of the concept of 'reading,' especially of the concept of 'the' reader, as these concepts are commonly used in literary criticism. This book sketches the historical  Read more...

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