The Use and Abuse of Literature

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, discusses the usefulness and uselessness of literature in the modern, digital age. The Use and Abuse of Literature aims to rescue literature from the margins and restore it to the center of our lives.


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Comments [3]

Caroline from NJ

Incidentally, I use the word reader very loosely. Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, and active and creative reader is a rereader. - V. Nabokov. I have all the time in the world to do so. Very, very few people arrange things thusly. Hi Lenny!

Mar. 31 2011 12:52 PM
sara from NYC

Are you familiar with Zadie Smith's New York Review of Books article about fiction, published last summer...?

Mar. 31 2011 12:50 PM
Mike from Tribeca

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that only academics could understand James Joyce.

Mar. 31 2011 12:19 PM

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