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The Dark Side of LiteracyLiterature and Learning Not to Read$
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Benjamin Bennett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229161

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229161.001.0001

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The Parting of the Ways: A Concluding Note on the Novel and Literary Studies

The Parting of the Ways: A Concluding Note on the Novel and Literary Studies

(p.309) The Parting of the Ways: A Concluding Note on the Novel and Literary Studies
The Dark Side of Literacy

Benjamin Bennett

Fordham University Press

As the author concludes his attempt to explore a complex yet highly interesting subject matter thoroughly, he points to a significant and predominantly essentialist dilemma revolving around a somewhat flawed overanalyis of the science and art of reading, albeit that the practice is critically immeasurable, as he has earlier implied. He highlights the channels and processes of reading, which include but are not all limited to reading for thrills, reading for art, reading for wisdom, solitary reading, and contingency. The author also further distinguishes between becoming an engaged reader and being a proactive and creative one. This short section reviews the main theories and concepts and key learning points from the author's previous discussions on literature, the “novella,” eighteenth-century dynamics, and the trends and implications of his research.

Keywords:   literature, novel, reading, engaged reader, proactive reader, creative reader

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