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The Edge of the Precipice

Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?
(Book - 2013 )
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"Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid communication? In The Edge of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings together a thoughtful group of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the US, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to contemplate the state of literature in the twenty-first century. Including essays by outstanding contributors such as Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this collection presents a range of perspectives about the importance of reading literature today"--Publisher website.
Title: The edge of the precipice
why read literature in the digital age?
Publisher: Montreal ;, Kingston :, McGill-Queen's University Press,, [2013]
Characteristics: viii, 232 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: A return to the educated imagination / Paul Socken
Why I read War and Peace on a Kindle (and bought the book when I was done) / Michael Austin
Reading in a digital age : notes on why the novel and the Internet are opposites, and why the latter both undermines the former and makes it more necessary / Sven Birkerts
Solitary reading in an age of compulsory sharing / Drew Nelles
Literature as virtual reality / Stephen Brockmann
How Molière and Co. helped me get my students hooked on literature / Leonard Rosmarin
A world without books? / Vincent Giroud
Language speaks us : Sophie's tree and the paradox of self / Mark Kingwell
The end of reading / Alberto Manguel
Cold heaven, cold comfort : should we read or teach literature now? / J. Hillis Miller
Fragments from an entirely subjective story of reading / Lori Saint-Martin
A very good chance of getting somewhere else / Katia Grubisic
Thinking deeply in reading and writing / Keith Oatley
Don't panic : reading literature in the digital age / Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia
Why read against the grain? : confessions of an addict / Gerhard van der Linde.
Summary: "Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid communication? In The Edge of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings together a thoughtful group of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the US, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to contemplate the state of literature in the twenty-first century. Including essays by outstanding contributors such as Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this collection presents a range of perspectives about the importance of reading literature today"--Publisher website.
Additional Contributors: Socken, Paul - 1945-
ISBN: 0773541780
9780773541788
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Paul Socken
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Form Available: Issued also in electronic format.
Subject Headings: Books and reading Technological innovations. Books and reading Social aspects. Literature and technology. Literature and the Internet.
Topical Term: Books and reading
Books and reading
Literature and technology.
Literature and the Internet.
Additional Physical Form Entry: Edge of the precipice. (CaOONL)20139024557
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