The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?

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Paul Socken
McGill Queens University Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 232 pages
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Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid communication? In The Edge of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings together a thoughtful group of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the US, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to contemplate the state of literature in the twenty-first century. Including essays by outstanding contributors such as Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this collection presents a range of perspectives about the importance of reading literature today. The Edge of the Precipice is a passionate, articulate, and entertaining collection that reflects on the role of literature in our society and asks if it is now under siege. Contributors include Michael Austin (Newman University), Sven Birkerts (author), Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie-Mellon University), Vincent Giroud (University of Franche-Comté), Katia Grubisic (poet), Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto), Alberto Manguel (author), J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Drew Nelles (editor-in-chief, Maisonneuve), Keith Oatley (University of Toronto), Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (British Library), Leonard Rosmarin (Brock University), Lori Saint-Martin (translator), Paul Socken (University of Waterloo), and Gerhard van der Linde (University of South Africa).

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The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?

User Review  - David Keymer - Book Verdict

This insightful collection edited by Socken (emeritus, French studies, Univ. of Waterloo, Ont.) addresses questions around the future of print literature in the electronic age. For instance, studies ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leif - Goodreads

A bit variable in quality, but overall these essays are engaging, convivial, and active works of reflection and thought: highlights are essays by J Hillis Miller, Sven Birkerts, and a reprint by Alberto Manguel. Enough here to get the brain going for a couple of days at least. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Paul Socken is distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo.

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