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Author Garber, Marjorie B

Title The use and abuse of literature / Marjorie Garber

Publ Info New York : Pantheon Books, [2011]
2011
Edition First edition
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 Bryant Main Stacks  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
 CCE Main Collection  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
 CCRI-Warwick  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
 Wheaton Stacks  PN45 .G312 2011    AVAILABLE
1 copy ordered for CCRI-Warwick Orders on 06-15-2011.
Descript 320 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Use and abuse -- The pleasures of the canon -- What isn't literature -- What's love got to do with it? -- So you want to read a poem -- Why literature is always contemporary -- On truth and lie in a literary sense -- Mixed metaphors -- The impossibility of closure
Note Even as the decline of the reading of literature, as argued by the National Endowment for the Arts, proceeds in our culture, the author, gives us a meditation on the usefulness and uselessness of literature in the digital age. What is literature, anyway? How has it been understood over time, and what is its relevance for us today? Who are its gatekeepers? Is its canonicity fixed? Why has literature been on the defensive since Plato? Does it have any use at all, or does it merely serve as an aristocratic or bourgeois accoutrement attesting to worldly sophistication and refinement of spirit? Is it, as most of us assume, good to read literature, much less study it, and what does either mean? This is a book about our culture in crisis, as well as an appreciation of popular culture. The winning aim is to reclaim literature from the margins of our personal, educational, and professional lives and restore it to the center, as a fierce, radical way of thinking
LC subject Literature -- Philosophy
Literature -- Appreciation
ISBN 9780375424342
0375424342