Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the concept of ‘literary ignorance’. It studies the question of literary ignorance in relation to the question of ignorance – what it feels like and what it is like to be ignorant – and defines literary ignorance as the inability of adults to make themselves understood to children. The chapter also identifies other aspects of human ignorance, including the literary history of ignorance. Several arguments that are studied throughout the book are also presented.

Keywords: literary ignorance; ignorance; human ignorance; literary history

Chapter.  3600 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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