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1st Edition

The Future of Reading

ISBN 9781138319523
Published March 18, 2019 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Why do we read? What happens to our imaginations when we read? To our knowledge? What creative forces are unleashed? What are the wider implications of all of this?

In a truly engaging and accessible style, The Future of Reading looks at the very experience of reading; not just the consumption and interpretation of texts, but also reading as an artistic process that demands creative freedom and unfolds from deep in the soul. Rather than analysing or critiquing texts, this book examines what happens to us when we read: the complex human experience which frees us from certain boundaries and constraints, and then looks at how we can use this freedom of mind to creatively tackle much larger issues in the world. Eric Purchase argues that creative reading enables us to generate answers for complex, real-world problems that cut across fields of knowledge and, therefore, defy solution by experts.

Enjoyable, challenging, unique, and astute, this book will open up the reading experience for students and all readers interested in using literature and reading as a positive force in their lives and the world.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Freedom of a Reader  Part I: The Experience of Reading  Chapter 2. Reading as a Dream  Chapter 3. The Psychology of Readers  Chapter 4. Committing to the Text  Chapter 5. The Archetypes of Meaning  Part II: Ways of Reading  Chapter 6. Intimacy with Books  Chapter 7. Consulting Oracles  Chapter 8. Translation  Part III: The Functions of Reading  Chapter 9. The World  Chapter 10. The Unknown  Chapter 11. Reading in the Digital Age

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Eric Purchase earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Connecticut, USA. He taught writing and literature there, and at other universities, for 12 years. He now works as a professional writer and an independent scholar.