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[PDF] Why Read? | by ☆ Mark Edmundson - Why Read?, Why Read In this important book reconceiving the value and promise of reading acclaimed author Edmundson dramatizes what the recent identity crisis of the humanities has effectively obscured that reading can

  • Title: Why Read?
  • Author: Mark Edmundson
  • ISBN: 9781582344256
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover

[PDF] Why Read? | by ☆ Mark Edmundson, Why Read?, Mark Edmundson, Why Read In this important book reconceiving the value and promise of reading acclaimed author Edmundson dramatizes what the recent identity crisis of the humanities has effectively obscured that reading can change your life for the better Mark Edmundson s Harper s Magazine article On the Uses of the Liberal Arts is reported to be the most photocopied essay on college campusesIn this important b [PDF] Why Read? | by ☆ Mark Edmundson - Why Read?, Why Read In this important book reconceiving the value and promise of reading acclaimed author Edmundson dramatizes what the recent identity crisis of the humanities has effectively obscured that reading can

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  1. I think that this is an important book, particularly for the constant reader The author s basic premise is that by reading, a person can change his her life making it better He is critical of many liberal arts universities, saying that they are now concerned with entertaining and bringing fun to the class He gives countless quotes from the likes of Blake, Emerson, Freud, Wordsworth, etc There are some particularly interesting ideas to me personally He contends that if or when a person comes to [...]


  2. I had such high hopes for this book but found myself sorely disappointed Edmundson has basically one point and, after expressing it clearly, spends the rest of the book being pretentious His ramblings were intelligent and balanced, but ultimately pretentious and not as illuminating as his vocabulary would have you hope That is just my opinion, but I admit that I am unlikely his intended audience as he is also pretentious about his profession.


  3. English departments are under attack in higher education To be precise, courses that involve reading literature are under attack Some people still prize being able to express oneself well in writing maybe what we ll have down the road is simply Writing Departments Not if Mark Edmundson has his way Why Read is an extended essay on the value of reading, an expansion of a widely circulated Harpers Magazine article His answer might be quite surprising to those who have been around English Department [...]


  4. Approaching 150 books on the year, it doesn t seem that I would need to consult a book entitled Why Read Still, I thought it would be an appropriate subject to ponder in my 200th review The basic takeaway points from Why Read were 1 Literature as a Life Guide Edmundson believes that classic literature should be treated as suggestions for how we can should live When you read a great work of art, you should be asking Can I live this How would this work in practice The author argues that students i [...]


  5. Edmundson s argument is that literature should not be taught for obscure or objective critic, but instead, at the end of every book, the reader should see to apply the book s perspective on life to their own, and then come to terms on how that changes the individual reader s own perspective It s an argument I can agree with as novel study becomes impersonal and theoretical at times instead of the raw experience of self discovery so many avid readers allude to when questioned on their hobby Howev [...]


  6. Hmm I hardly know what to think of this book I cheered at some parts, groaned at others The author, a humanities professor, wants us to reassess how and why we teach great literature I was delighted at his well aimed blows at over analysis and literary criticism as ends in themselves, of the efforts of so many including so many of my teachers to distance the student from the work, telling us that its only value is to be picked apart as an intellectual exercise This is fun for bright people, but [...]


  7. This should have been titled Why Teach since that is what the book was about There were a few interesting points but my general sense when reading this is that it was an example of why people consider readers pompous.


  8. It made me want to vomit Author is pretentious and incredibly out of touch He assumes a unified notion of literature and devalues any works outside the medium of print that might offer the same transformation he argues that the reading of literature can supply.


  9. I don t need reasons to read and I wanted to love this but it was a slog for me to get through.Very academic writing, on a noble topic Lost me, tho and I gave up.


  10. A sane, prophetic voice from the world of literary criticism and academic English literature education if teachers were like Mark Edmundson, maybe things wouldn t be so bad.


  11. A few months ago, I read Edmundson s later book, Self and Soul A Defense of Idealsand was intellectually excited by its ideas, its cogent arguments, and its overall argument Books that stretch the mind as this one had, make me think and consider things not previously thought of, or immerse me in new or fresh ideas, are treasures that are hard to find and are like gold when I do find them Self and Soul was just such a book.So my hopes and expectations were high when I turned to Edmundson s earlie [...]


  12. A persuasive articulation of the view that students ought to be fed a diet of great books books that tackle the most ambitious questions about life and, instead of being asked merely to interpret them or consider their historical interest, ought to be encouraged to test their philosophies, ought to consider How can I translate this book s philosophy into action Can the language worldview of this author enlarge my own worldview Reading not as intellectual exercise but as soul crafting.I liked thi [...]


  13. We read because we, as teachers and students of literature, are desperately passionate about books and authors We read because we believe in possibility, because we believe that every human has their own personal path These are all at play in Why Read , but Edmundson only has one real answer to that question we read because books provide characters and, to a lesser and barely described extent, situations with which we somehow identify positively or negatively , and these inspire and fire us up t [...]


  14. Why Read pivots from a seemingly simple idea adapted from Richard Rorty all of us have Final Narratives which are the ultimate set of terms that we use to confer value on experience It s where our principles are manifest 25 According to Edmundson, these Final Narratives are precise ideological positions that guide how we behave and interact with the world around us what else would one expect ideology to do The teacher s task, in this specific case the university professor s, is to use the tenets [...]


  15. One thing I can say with conviction about this book It has pushed me to a greater Kindle literacy Never have I spent so much time grappling with the impossible keyboard of my Paperwhite than while reading this book.Beyond that, where to begin Well, I find Edmundson s take on the effects of this infusion of theory in literary studies to be compelling When we can simply label, why read Borrowing words from disciplines we know not of and packing great work into neatly labeled ziplock bags Marx Femi [...]


  16. I picked up this book because of personal identity crises As a writer I wondered, why bother What difference does reading make anyway True to form, however ironic, I picked up a book to answer my question Unfortunately, disillusioned writers did not fall into Edmundson s intended audience He addressed the book to teachers and, to a lesser extent, students of the liberal arts at higher education levels Consequently, this book s style proved difficult to embrace in its early chapters Sentences lik [...]


  17. Read this for class I found it interesting and generally pretty accessible, although at times it felt like Edmundson was using some words and phrases just to sound pretty or Meaningful Literature as life or lived philosophy is interesting I don t agree that only literature with the aims of Saying Something About Life can do so, though, as Edmundson seems to be suggesting And I m feeling like the historicity that he is somewhat dismissive of is far important to me does it matter that Dickens gre [...]


  18. I found this collection of brief essays to be a quiet classic Edmundson writes in lucid sentences and is clearly very well read himself and so reading his paragraphs became a pleasure in two ways The pleasure lies in the reading of his sentences, and in tracking his wisdom.In particular, I value his reliance on reading using the mind and the heart He works to debunk the assorted multiculturalisms and critical theories that have abounded in the recent decades in favor of reading for pleasure and [...]


  19. Why do we go to school Is it for the credentials Is it to learn some technical skills Is it to learn how to live better Is it for some other reason Or is it for some combination of reasons In a wonderful and emotionally charged essay in the Oxford American titled, Who Are You And What Are You Doing Here , Mark Edmundson challenges readers to think about what an education really ought to provide us Education is not immune to economic analysis, but, before running a cost benefit analysis, it s of [...]


  20. I picked this book up years too late It s a full throated defense of the humanities, but it applies to teachers of literature Edmundson argues that the true test of a work of literature is Can I live by this and his discussion revolves around and around this question Satisfyingly, I might add He decries the use of the tools of literary criticism, be it Formalism, Multiculturalism, Historicism, or whatever, when the tools become the focus rather than the text itself He uses extensive examples fr [...]


  21. Proust Comes to the Rescue Why Read by Mark EdmundsonPublished September 5th 2005.One of my favourite movies is Good Will Hunting There s a fine dialogue from the movie that popped in my mind when I was reading Why Read It goes something like this it s not verbatim Sean Do you have a soul mate Will What s that Sean A soul mate is someone you can relate to.Will Yes, I have lots.Sean Well, name a few.Will Shakespeare, Frye, Blake I don t remember the actual writers that were mentioned, but I m pre [...]


  22. I would recommend this book to any college professor in the Humanities as a vital source of self affirmation and a way to refocus your approach in the classroom, especially for those lower division studies courses that can be trying Edmundson finds that professors have become too theoretically dependent in their classroom approaches, teaching theoretical application and dismissing the initial meaning and purpose of literature that draws us to it for hope Weaving together thoughts from various hi [...]


  23. Last fall I read Edmundson s essay Who Are You And What Are You Doing Here , anthologized in _Best American Essays 2012_, a faux commencement address to liberal arts graduates that argues that the purpose of a liberal arts education is to help students figure out who they are and what they value Because of that essay, I read this book, and as a teacher, reader, and writer, I m glad I did It posits that literature can serve as a guide for how to live our lives and that students who use literature [...]


  24. Why Read Mark Edmundson answers this question by saying that it is to change and inspire someone to be better than they were before they read the book to expand their horizons and introduce them to a new world Edmundson usually uses pieces of literature for that and describes some of his experiences in teaching.It also describes how the university experience is somewhat disappointing in how it merely acts as a diversion when it could be so much than that Of course you are getting knowledge in s [...]


  25. This is a book that takes risks and generates thought and discussion, and I admire it for those reasons I don t always agree with Edmundson s conclusions, particularly his advocacy of literature as a religion of sorts I do believe, as he does, in the value of connecting with literary texts on personal and emotional levels and allowing them to shape our living And I enjoyed his pinpointing of the excesses, absurdities, and dead ends of many recent approaches to literary study He makes a compellin [...]


  26. This book contained some provocative and at the same time common sense ideas about what the purpose of reading should be how literature should be taught on the college level I d particularly recommend this book for teachers at all levels The test of a book lies in its power to map or transform a life The question we would ultimately ask of any work of art is this Can you live it I recently moved from the East Coast to New Mexico When I took a look on my shelves today at the books I already read [...]


  27. This book has been a very timely read for me as I am about to start teaching English on Monday July 7th 2008 Edmundson is suggesting that teachers get to the core of each student by getting them to verbalize their Final Narrative In doing so the student will be able to discover life lessons in great literature and transform their Final Narrative I particularly like the fact that his argument is for democratic humanism in the classroom which allows for all interpretations of literature, honest a [...]


  28. Professor Edmundson builds his arguments on purposeful reading for the sake of changing one s life and knowing oneself in truer light He offers other well thought out reasons for studying great literaturebut perhaps in this reader s eye the book offers reasons to write The reasons for writing are to leave a positive impression upon the reader From Herodotus to Bronte or Freud reading great literature will inspire one to write even if it is read by only a handful it can possess the ability to cha [...]


  29. This book has an interesting take on the role of reading in the classroom, though it s intention seems to lean towards that of a college classroom Still, there are some valuable lessons that I was able to take away from the book, thus making it worth my time reading I particularly am interested to see how some of the ideas and concepts can be adapted in a middle school setting I mean, who can argue with a book that asks us why we read and why reading is so important


  30. This incisive book enjoins educators to teach using democratic humanism addressing students with examples from the great writers and poets of our time He states that Offering past wealth to the present is what a scholar is supposed to do Edmundson lobbies for the importance of reading by teaching it through asking the big risk philosophical questions I found this book to be quite insightful


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