On Literature (Thinking in Action)

On Literature Thinking in Action Debates rage over what kind of literature we should read what is good and bad literature and whether in the global digital age literature even has a future But what exactly is literature Why shoul

  • Title: On Literature (Thinking in Action)
  • Author: J. Hillis Miller
  • ISBN: 9780415261258
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Debates rage over what kind of literature we should read, what is good and bad literature, and whether in the global, digital age, literature even has a future But what exactly is literature Why should we read literature How do we read literature These are some of the important questions J Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book He beginDebates rage over what kind of literature we should read, what is good and bad literature, and whether in the global, digital age, literature even has a future But what exactly is literature Why should we read literature How do we read literature These are some of the important questions J Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book He begins by asking what literature is, arguing that the answer lies in literature s ability to create an imaginary world simply with words On Literature also asks the crucial question of why literature has such authority over us Returning to Plato, Aristotle and the Bible, Miller argues we should continue to read literature because it is part of our basic human need to create imaginary worlds and to have stories Above all, On Literature is a plea that we continue to read and care about literature.

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    1. Published in 2002, this second-hand Routledge paperback in the Thinking in Action series was a delight at first sight to me due to its smart cover design, reader-friendly fonts and reasonable price (approx. US$5.40). I've never read Prof. J. Hillis Miller before; however, I think he has immensely contributed to the academia as well as the general readers via this book written for those keen on literature probably with a little fear since they and my friends still enjoy exploring into their read [...]

    2. I guess this is Miller's version of a "Very Short Introduction" kind of book, a survey and broad overview of the field of literary studies, but doesn't quite work on that level-- he starts out talking about the subject in very broad and approachable terms-- so he talks about how literary texts create virtual realities, for example. But he quickly, and kind of without warning, lapses into some very sophisticated language, so that soon enough he's using terms from Hegel and showing how the way the [...]

    3. Along with Culler's A Very Short Introduction to Literary Theory, a stellar 入門 as we say in Japanese.

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