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Written by influential scholar-critic and award-winning Daniel R. Schwarz, In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century is a passionate and joyful defense of the pleasures of reading. This stimulating book provides valuable insights for teachers and students on why we read and how we read when we embark on "the odyssey of reading."Provides valuablWritten by influential scholar-critic and award-winning Daniel R. Schwarz, In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century is a passionate and joyful defense of the pleasures of reading. This stimulating book provides valuable insights for teachers and students on why we read and how we read when we embark on "the odyssey of reading."Provides valuable insights into why and how we read Addresses issues and problems in the contemporary university and offers insights into the future Explores the life of the mind, the rewards and joys of committed teaching, and the relationship between teaching and scholarship in the contemporary university Draws on the author's forty years of teaching experience Following his long term commitment to close reading and historicism, Schwarz shows how the best literary criticism must both respect text and context Contains insightful and important readings of a broad range of texts, including those by Joyce, Woolf, Conrad, Forster, Gordimer, and Spiegelman's Maus...

Title : In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century
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ISBN : 9781405130998
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 198 Pages
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In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century Reviews

  • Jenni
    2019-06-10 14:25

    Dan was my undergrad thesis advisor and has become a dear friend over the years. As a teacher myself now, I'm glad to read his manifesto on "the odyssey of reading" and learn from his 40+ years of teaching experience.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-01 10:40

    This book inspires hope. The fields of literary theory are such a deep morass of muddled meanings that a student has to wade through, sometimes it feels like slugging through a bog. Schwarz, however, hauls some firm sand out into the quagmire in this book by revealing a practical, realistic view of the interpretation and study of literature. While many theoriests, I'm coming to discover, spend entire texts espousing their philosophies and how glorious they are, this book is simple, elegant, and nearly tasteful when set next to the gaudy bombastity of Spivak or Derrida. He gives a rather brief introduction of his method of reading, and then shows the reader how he does it-- by doing it. What a novel idea.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-01 12:38

    This book should really have been re-titled. It's more a memoir of Schwarz's career as an academic than a rigorous defense of reading (which he does eloquently enough in the first chapter). Apart from this chapter, I found some parts of the book more self-indulgent than others -- particularly his own close readings. However, I was intrigued by the insights into teaching and academia he offered in the book's latter half, particularly the differences he enumerated between his generation of professors and the upcoming one. At times, he was perhaps more conservative than necessary, but many of his points about the direction of literary studies and, especially, academia writ large were smart and nuanced.