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In Defense of Reading, Hardback Book

In Defense of Reading Hardback


Why should we read? We assume that reading is good for us, but often we cannot articulate exactly what it does for us.

In this fascinating book, Sarah Worth addresses from a philosophical perspective the many ways in which reading benefits us morally, socially, and cognitively. Worth leads her readers through the subtle questions of the ways in which we understand fiction, nonfiction, and the overlap and blending of other genre distinctions.

Ultimately she argues that reading, hearing, and telling well-told stories is of the utmost importance in developing a healthy sense of personal identity, a greater sense of narrative coherence, and an increased ability to make different kinds of inferences.

Engaging classical philosophical questions in the contemporary landscape of educational literacy and the inclusion of fiction in a classroom curriculum, Worth demonstrates how our hyper-focus on genre distinctions moves us away from a real engagement with narrative understanding and narrative comprehension.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781783483181

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