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Literature departments are staffed by, and tend to be focused on turning out, “good” readers—attentive to nuance, aware of history, interested in literary texts as self-contained works. But the vast majority of readers are, to use Merve Emre’s tongue-in-cheek term, “bad” readers. They read fiction and poetry to be moved, distracted, instructed, improved, engaged as citizen
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Published November 14th 2017 by University of Chicago Press
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Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging discussion of "bad reading" in postwar America as a form of international communication. Captivating argument even if the prose is unnecessarily complicated and jargony.
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There were some interesting ideas in this book, but I felt slightly (self!) shanghai'd into reading it. Our book club selected this book (I was the one who nominated it!), only to find out that a) the book is not in fact about "the making of bad readers in post-war America" in the sense that I thought it would be. This book is pretty obviously the dissertation turned publication of its author, Merve Emre, and is a collection of long essays in which she tries to identify ways that the socio-polit ...more
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Merve Emre is an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Bookforum, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Baffler, n+1, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is senior humanities editor ...more

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