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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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. Magic and History: the Roots and Branches of Dr. Faustus

. Magic and History: the Roots and Branches of Dr. Faustus

(p.185) 5. Magic and History: the Roots and Branches of Dr. Faustus
The Dark Side of Literacy

Benjamin Bennett

Fordham University Press

The form of reading and type of readership molded, perhaps unwittingly, by Miguel de Cervantes through his work on The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (i.e., along the lines of a literary-historical vision) are distinct but somewhat related to those promoted by Christopher Marlowe through The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. This chapter significantly tackles the language and communication theories that surfaced during the Reformation and Renaissance periods. It also introduces the idea behind imagining in literary text, the concept of distracting entertainment, as opposed to standard diversions in storylines, the dichotomy between esoteric and exoteric meanings, and the theoretical and technical facets of modern reading, all of which operate toward distinguishing the complex relations and boundaries between the theory and the actual experience of reading.

Keywords:   distraction, Don Quixote, literary-historical, Marlowe

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