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What is Literature for?

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ISBN: 9782722602755 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Collège de France
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Along with the theoretical or traditionally historical question “What is literature?”, the critical and political question “What can literature do?” begs an answer. What value do contemporary society and culture ascribe to literature? What utility? What role? “My confidence in the future of literature”, wrote Italo Calvino, consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it”. Is this still relevant to us today?

La littérature, pour quoi faire ?

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ISSN: 9782213632889 ISBN: 9782213632889 9782821829541 Year: Language: French
Publisher: Collège de France
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Auprès de la question théorique ou historique traditionnelle : « Qu'est-ce que la littérature ? », se pose avec plus d’urgence aujourd’hui une question critique et politique : « Que peut la littérature ? » Quelle valeur la société et la culture contemporaines attribuent-elles à la littérature ? Quelle utilité ? Quel rôle ? « Ma confiance en l’avenir de la littérature, déclarait Calvino, repose sur la certitude qu’il y a des choses que seule la littérature peut nous donner. » Ce credo serait-...

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