The Parting of the Ways: A Concluding Note on the Novel and Literary Studies

Benjamin Bennett

in The Dark Side of Literacy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229161
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241002 | DOI:
The Parting of the Ways: A Concluding Note on the Novel and Literary Studies

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As the author concludes his attempt to explore a complex yet highly interesting subject matter thoroughly, he points to a significant and predominantly essentialist dilemma revolving around a somewhat flawed overanalyis of the science and art of reading, albeit that the practice is critically immeasurable, as he has earlier implied. He highlights the channels and processes of reading, which include but are not all limited to reading for thrills, reading for art, reading for wisdom, solitary reading, and contingency. The author also further distinguishes between becoming an engaged reader and being a proactive and creative one. This short section reviews the main theories and concepts and key learning points from the author's previous discussions on literature, the “novella,” eighteenth-century dynamics, and the trends and implications of his research.

Keywords: literature; novel; reading; engaged reader; proactive reader; creative reader

Chapter.  3586 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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