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Can a case be made for examining literature within the electronic age? Does literature nonetheless subject during this period of quick info? Is it even attainable to recommend for severe, sustained studying with all demeanour of social media distracting us, fragmenting our focus, and critical brief, fast conversation? within the fringe of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings jointly a considerate team of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the USA, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to consider the kingdom of literature within the twenty-first century. together with essays via extraordinary members equivalent to Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this assortment offers more than a few views in regards to the significance of examining literature at the present time. the sting of the Precipice is a passionate, articulate, and wonderful assortment that displays at the position of literature in our society and asks whether it is now less than siege. individuals comprise Michael Austin (Newman University), Sven Birkerts (author), Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie-Mellon University), Vincent Giroud (University of Franche-Comté), Katia Grubisic (poet), Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto), Alberto Manguel (author), J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Drew Nelles (editor-in-chief, Maisonneuve), Keith Oatley (University of Toronto), Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (British Library), Leonard Rosmarin (Brock University), Lori Saint-Martin (translator, Université du Québec à Montréal), Paul Socken (University of Waterloo), and Gerhard van der Linde (University of South Africa).

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English: the total Works of Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), trans. Charles E. Passage (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1983), 367. 70  |  Literature and the area (Part One) 2 Kafka, The Metamorphosis, trans. Stanley Corngold (New York: W. W. Norton & Co. 1996). three See the USA division of Education’s information at: http://nces. ed. gov/programs/digest/d05/tables/xls/tabn249. xls. four David Shields, truth starvation: A Manifesto (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), 123 (proposition 361). 5 Aristotle, Poetics, trans. James Hutton (New York: W. W. Norton & Co. , 1982), fifty four. 6 Sebastian Faulks, per week in December (London: Hutchinson, 2009), 197. 7 Susan Sontag, On images (New York: The Noonday Press, 1989 [originally released in 1977]), 106. eight Ibid. , 112. nine See “Increase of melancholy between students over Four-Year Period,” http://www. medicalnewstoday. com/articles/16727. Hypertext Preprocessor and Gina Hynn, “Depression, Suicide emerging between collage Students,” http://www. studlife. com/news/2010/03/29/depression-suicide-risingamong-college-students/. 10 Shields, truth starvation: A Manifesto, 143 (proposition 432). eleven See, for example, Michael Holquist, “Whodunit and different Questions: Metaphysical Detective tales in Post-War Fiction,” New Literary background, vol. three, no. 1, Modernism and Postmodernism: Inquiries, Reflections, and Speculations (Autumn, 1971), 135–56. See additionally The Poetics of homicide: Detective Fiction and Literary concept, ed. Glenn W. so much and William W. Stowe (San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983). 12 David hotel, Thinks … (New York: Viking, 2001), forty two. thirteen Ibid. , 61–2. 14 As quoted by means of Richard H. Brodhead, the president of Duke college, on the annual assembly of the nationwide Humanities Alliance in March 2011: http://m. this day. duke. edu/2012/03/humanitiestalk 15 Sherko Fatah, Das dunkle Schiff (Salzburg: Jung und Jung, 2008). sixteen Anne Murphy Paul, “Your mind on Fiction,” 17 March 2012. http://www. nytimes. com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscienceof-your-brain-on-fiction. html? pagewanted=2&_r=1&hp Stephen Brockmann | 71 How Molière and Co. Helped Me Get My scholars addicted to Literature Leonard Rosmarin numerous years after retiring, I got a panic-stricken name from my former division. there has been no expert to be had to educate the upperlevel seventeenth-century literature path, quintessential for the honours application in French literature at Brock collage. could I come to the rescue? Feeling loyalty to my colleagues and being a glutton for punishment to boot, I agreed. inside of 5 mins after getting into the study room i may experience that whatever was once mistaken. even if a dozen or so of the thirty-odd scholars making up the crowd appeared very attentive and wanting to examine, the bulk have been childrens of the electronic age. Or, to place it much less charitably, their recognition span seemed relatively constrained. They seen their professor and his lecture a similar method they might a tv exhibit. If it didn’t seize their realization in the first few seconds, they might zap it. And this can be what they proceeded to do with me.

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