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Uses of Literature bridges the gap between literary theoryand common-sense beliefs about why we read literature.
Explores the diverse motives and mysteries of why we read
Offers four different ways of thinking about why we readliterature - for recognition, enchantment, knowledge, andshock
Argues for a new “phenomenology” in literarystudies that incorporates the historical and social dimensions ofreading
Includes examples of literature from a wide range of nationalliterary traditions