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Author Berman, Russell A., 1950-
Title Fiction sets you free : literature, liberty, and western culture / Russell A. Berman.
Imprint Iowa City : University Of Iowa Press, [2007]

Author Berman, Russell A., 1950-
Subject Fiction -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 238 pages)
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-228) and index.
Contents Why literature matters -- Introduction -- Periodization and the canon -- Human origins and literary beginnings -- Writing and heroism -- Literacy and autonomy -- The epic and the individual -- Religion and writing -- The democracy of literature -- Imagination and economy.
Summary In what can only be called a genuine intellectual adventure, Russell Berman raises fundamental questions long ignored by literary scholars; Why does literature command our attention at all? Why would society want to cultivate a sphere of activity devoted to the careful study of literary fiction? Written as a tonic to what he calls the debilitating cultural relativism of contemporary literary studies, Fiction Sets You Free advances the innovative argument that literature and capitalism, rather than representing merely commercialization, actually belie a long and positive association: literary a.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781587297090 (electronic bk.)
1587297094 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 631693951
Additional Format Print version: Berman, Russell A., 1950- Fiction sets you free. Iowa City : University Of Iowa Press, ©2007 (DLC) 2007923927 (OCoLC)153578929