Uses of Literature

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Monroe Engel
Harvard University Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 290 pages
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"The life of a literary work depends on readers whose existence it confirms or (the valuable possibility) augments," writes Monroe Engel. The essays collected here concern the related thesis that "the vitality of the literary enterprise is related to its usability, its capacity to strengthen or alter our options." The first group of essays is theoretical--discussion of habit, originality, religious perspectives, and self-evaluation. The second group approaches specific issues and authors within the American context. The collection concludes with five essays on teaching literature to students whose previous literary exposure has been limited.
 

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Contents

PHILIP FISHER The Failure of Habit
3
ALLEN GROSSMAN Criticism Consciousness and
19
EDWARD W SAID On Originality
49
JOEL PORTE The Problem of Emerson
85
DANIEL AARON Ambrose Bierce and the American Civil
115
Realism
133
The Example
163
ALAN LEBOWITZ No Farewell to Arms
187
A RICHARDS Literature for the Unlettered
207
CLARA CLAIBORNE PARK Rejoicing to Concur with the Common
225
ROBERT CUMMING Reading and Writing in a College with
245
ADR1ENNE RICH Teaching Language in Open Admis
257
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