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Number of Pages: 210
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Books & Reading
Publisher: Lexington Books
Author: Kevin R West
Street Date: April 15, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 247-63-8808
In Literary Depictions of Dangerous Reading: Textual Dangers, Kevin R. West demonstrates that foremost among the pleasures of the text are the dangers it poses--including both dangers to the reader's own inclinations and susceptibilities and to the reigning social order. Drawing from an encyclopedic range of authors (from Homer and Rousseau to Eco and Hemingway) and bounding across a range of genres (from memoir to sci-fi to the Bible), West explores why reading, quite possibly evolution's greatest gift to human beings, has so continuously terrified us. Whether a book wreaks literal magic and mayhem or incites more philosophical fears about how language casts a spell, storytellers and authorities alike demonstrate persistent worries over the threat of narrative. As a worthy successor to Roger Shattuck's Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography, Literary Depictions of Dangerous Reading makes a fine argument for why so many literary authors across the centuries depict texts as the runes by which we divine the power of human perception.--Kirk Curnutt, Troy University
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