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IgnoranceLiterature and Agnoiology$
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Andrew Bennett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074875

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.001.0001

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Literary ignorance

Literary ignorance

(p.33) 2 Literary ignorance

Andrew Bennett

Manchester University Press

This chapter addresses the question of literary ignorance, which is also a question of reading. It shows that reading begins in ignorance, in the search for answers or enlightenment, but that there are some kinds of reader that do not desire knowledge. Aside from being a question of reading, Plato suggests that literary ignorance is also a condition of a certain conception of writing and of authorship. The chapter examines one way to approach literary agnoiology and one problem raised by certain conceptions of the literary. Finally, it also considers a major question of a study of literary ignorance, which is concerned with the question of the knowledge allowed by literary texts.

Keywords:   literary ignorance, reading, literary agnoiology, conceptions of literary, knowledge, literary texts

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