Article - Why We Read Novels

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Title

Article - Why We Read Novels

Subject

A Modern Take on The Appeal Of Novels

Description

In this excerpt, the article emphasizes the fact that we read novels because they enable us to be introspective and offer a basis for comparison against our real lives. This is a similar idea to Metcalf's theory that people in the middle class read Pamela or Fifty Shades of Grey to help figure out who they are and what they want. Based on this article, the driving factors behind the desire to read novels has remained constant throughout the past three centuries.

Creator

David Madden

Source

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/books/review/why-we-read-novels.html

Publisher

New York Times

Date

May 2, 2013

Contributor

Matthew Zachary

Format

Letter to the Editor (New York Times)

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Text

Rich’s final paragraph offers a litany of reasons we read novels. They hold “a mirror to our secret desires and fears,” they allow us “to confront our long-term crises,” and they help us “to understand how the vast, complex problems of our time connect with our private inner lives."

Citation

David Madden, “Article - Why We Read Novels,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 18, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/666.

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