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The Dark Side of Literacy
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The Dark Side of Literacy: Literature and Learning Not to Read

Benjamin Bennett

Abstract

Reading is good for us. The reading of literature, we are told, enlarges our horizons, extends our experience beyond our own lives. But the moral and political dangers that attend the association of reading with experience have long been understood. And is that association even valid? What if precisely our most important literary texts are constructed so as to challenge or disrupt it? This book is a radical criticism of the concept of reading, especially of the concept of the reader, as commonly used in literary criticism. The author starts with the point that reading does not name a single, i ... More

Keywords: reading, literature, experience, criticism, reader

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823229161
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229161.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Bennett, author