Uses of Literature

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Harvard University Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 290 pages
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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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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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