For 2500 years literature has been condemned in the name of authority truth morality and society but in making explicit what a society expects from literature anti literary discourse paradoxically asserts the validity of what it wishes to deny the threat to literatures continued existence william marx writes is not hatred but indifference. William marx the hatred of literature belknap harvard university press jan 2018 other those who come to this book seeking validation of their negativity towards the written word will be . William marx professor of comparative literature at paris nanterre university was born in the small medieval city of villeneuve ls avignon in provence but grew up in marseilles a city obsessed with its prestigious greek past which he suspects had some influence on my own fascination with classical antiquity. The hatred of literature by william marx examines the evolving idea of literature as seen through the eyes of its adversaries philosophers theologians scientists pedagogues and even leaders of modern liberal democracies from plato to c p snow to nicolas sarkozy literatures haters have questioned the value of literature its . The hatred of literature has 9 ratings and 1 review for the last 2500 years literature has been attacked booed and condemned often for the wrong rea
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