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Literature and the Taste of Knowledge


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Introduction: among the analogies; 1. What Henry knew; 2. After such knowledge; 3. Kafka and the Third Reich; 4. Seven types of obliquity; 5. Missing dates; 6. The fictionable world; Epilogue: the essays of our life.

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A lively study of the forms of knowledge in literature, first published in 2005.

About the Author

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Currently he is the Chair of the English Department at Princeton and, from 1995-2001, he was the Director of Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton. He is the recipient of many fellowships and honours, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and is an ongoing Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He is an editiorial board member of Kenyon Review. His works include books on Stendhal, Garcia Marquez, Nabakov, Kafka, and films. Additionally, he is a widely published essayist, with articles on film and literature in London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book Review, New Republic and others.


'Wood maintains his easy conversational tone while thinking deeply about some of the puzzling ways in which what we inadequately call 'form' enables literature to impart what we inadequately call 'knowledge'.' Times Literary Supplement ' ... a brilliantly eloquent account of what books know that their authors might not.' Observer

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