What Literary Studies Could Be, and What It Is (Print)

What Literary Studies Could Be, and What It Is.

Lanham, MD: University Press of America/Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.

Literary studies in the last half-century has achieved the pyrrhic victory of establishing itself as a methodologically predictable discipline on the pattern of the sciences. This is unfortunate since literature is anything but predictable in its effect, and the only aspects of its study that can be codified are the least relevant to human situations, which are the source of literature and, in the reader, the point of reading it. A blueprint for a new way of approaching literature, both in the classroom and out. Excerpted in the Chronicle of Higher Education December 2008.

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