Uses of Literature
We know that the life of a literary work depends on readers whose existence it confirms or (the more valuable possibility) augments. This formulation and variants of it are both embarrassingly obvious and embarrassingly easy to forget, and anyone who is engaged in literary studies is peculiarly subject to both embarrassments.
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