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Reading Literature Today
Two Complementary Essays and a Conversation

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August 2011 | 190 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Reading Literature Today is a path-breaking intervention in current debates on reading and literature. This is a book of criticism that attempts to rescue literature from both the materialism of the market and the convoluted dryness of academia.

The two complementary essays—one on literature and the other on reading—focus largely on texts in English and French, but also refer to other literatures. The authors propose a way of reading literature that not only synthesizes some earlier tendencies and puts them in context, but also propounds a revolutionary understanding of the nature of literature and reading.

The writers taken up for discussion include William Shakespeare, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Proust, Charles Baudelaire, Franz Kafka, William Burroughs, Dylan Thomas, Attia Hosain, Albert Wendt, Zadie Smith, Philip Hensher, Mohsin Hamid and many others.

Written in the great and dying tradition of literary essays on literature and criticism, this is a bold and ground-breaking book by two exciting writers who believe in reading literature.


Tabish Khair
I: LITERATURE AND THE LIMITS OF LANGUAGE: AN ESSAY ON SILENCES AND GAPS
Preface

 
The Death of the Reader of Gaps and Silences

 
What Can Be Said and What Cannot Be Said

 
The Fissured Surface of Literature

 
What is Written and What is Not Written

 
Sebastien Doubinsky
II: `IN THE MIND OF THE BOURGEOIS READER`: AN ESSAY ON READING AS AN UNCOMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE (TRANSLATED PARTLY FROM FRENCH
Preface

 
Impermanence and Deception

 
Readers and Readers

 
Identification and Adherence

 
Reading the Unreadable

 
Last Words

 
Sebastien Doubinsky and Tabish Khair
III: A DISCUSSION OF REALISM, MAGIC REALISM, CONSUMERISM, PUBLISHING, READING AND WRITING
 
Index

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