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On Literature

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Debates rage over what kind of literature we should read, what is good and bad literature, and whether in the global, digital age, literature even has a future. But what exactly is literature? Why should we read literature? How do we read literature? These are some of the important questions J. Hillis Miller answers in this beautifully written and passionate book. He begin ...more
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Published July 19th 2002 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2002)
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Apr 04, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
I guess this is Miller's version of a "Very Short Introduction" kind of book, a survey and broad overview of the field of literary studies, but doesn't quite work on that level-- he starts out talking about the subject in very broad and approachable terms-- so he talks about how literary texts create virtual realities, for example. But he quickly, and kind of without warning, lapses into some very sophisticated language, so that soon enough he's using terms from Hegel and showing how the way ...more
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Along with Culler's A Very Short Introduction to Literary Theory, a stellar 入門 as we say in Japanese.
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Joseph Hillis Miller, Jr. (born March 5, 1928) is an American literary critic who has been heavily influenced by—and who has heavily influenced—deconstruction.

Hillis Miller was born in Newport News, Virginia. He is the son of J. Hillis Miller, Sr., a Baptist minister, university professor and administrator who served as the president of the University of Florida. Miller graduated from Oberlin Coll
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