Literature and the public good / Rick Rylance
By: Rylance, Rick.Material type: TextSeries: The literary agenda.Copyright date: ©2016Description: viii, 226 p. ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199654390 (paperback).Subject(s): literature | -- Literature and society | -- Humanities | -- Common goodDDC classification: 800
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-218) and index.
"Rick Rylance addresses the debate over the public value of literary studies in a book which starts from the widely-remarked predicament of the humanities in modern times. By comparison with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the humanities can be negatively characterized as at best optional extras; at worst, frivolous and wasteful. Funders and policy-makers can question their value in terms of utility, vocational prospects, and intrinsic worth, while journalists and commentators predict extinction . . . . Rylance argues that literature's value lies in its enormous public presence and its contribution to the public good."-- Page 4 of cover.