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Literary ignorance

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0003
Literary ignorance

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This chapter addresses the question of literary ignorance, which is also a question of reading. It shows that reading begins in ignorance, in the search for answers or enlightenment, but that there are some kinds of reader that do not desire knowledge. Aside from being a question of reading, Plato suggests that literary ignorance is also a condition of a certain conception of writing and of authorship. The chapter examines one way to approach literary agnoiology and one problem raised by certain conceptions of the literary. Finally, it also considers a major question of a study of literary ignorance, which is concerned with the question of the knowledge allowed by literary texts.

Keywords: literary ignorance; reading; literary agnoiology; conceptions of literary; knowledge; literary texts

Chapter.  9682 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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