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What is Literature for?

Inaugural lecture delivered on Thursday 30 November 2006

Traduction de Liz Libbrecht

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?

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  • Éditeur : Collège de France
  • Collection : Leçons inaugurales
  • Lieu d’édition : Paris
  • Année d’édition : 2014
  • Publication sur OpenEdition Books : 07 février 2014
  • ISBN électronique : 9782722602755
  • DOI : 10.4000/books.cdf.3309
Antoine Compagnon
What is Literature for?

Inaugural lecture delivered on Thursday 30 November 2006

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