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Reading for Life

 
Philip Davis (Author)
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Contents: Introduction 1:No Defence against the Words: A Story of Sonnet 29 2:The Schoolteacher 3:The Woman Who Pointed 4:The Woman Who Became a Poem 5:The Brain of Frances 6:The Doctor 7:Experiments with Renaissance Scripts 8:About Time: Three Little Poems 9:The Novel Experimenter 10:The Anthologist 11:The Novelist Afterword. Reading for Life is an anthology of poems and of extracts from prose fiction, related to a series of case-histories of individuals carefully reading, discussing their reading lives, and thinking about the relation of literature to their existence. It enables readers to gain increased imaginative access to the works in question through seeing how they have intensely affected equivalent readers—a novelist, a poet, a doctor, a teacher, an anthologist, but also non-specialists, ordinary people within shared reading groups in many different settings, finding help from literary texts in times of often painful personal need. It is the story of the work done by Philip Davis' research unit, the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS), at the University of Liverpool, in a ten-year partnership with the outreach charity The Reader, taking serious literature to often neglected communities and struggling individuals through the shared reading—alive and aloud—of literature from all ages. Reading for Life is a detailed account of what reading literature can do for a wide variety of individuals in relation to a wide variety of texts: it will be of interest to serious readers in the wider world as much as to scholars working within literary studies, and to all those involved in thinking about the therapeutic interactions of literature and life in psychology, medicine, and mental health support settings.

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Bibliographic information

Title Reading for Life
Author Philip Davis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher OUP Publisher
Language: English
isbn 9780198815983
length 320p.