1. The Odyssean Reader or the Odyssey of Reading: “Of Ourselves and of Our Origins”.
2. How We Learn and What We Learn from Literary Texts.
3. Towards a Community of Inquiry: Is There a Teacher in the Class?.
4. Eating Kosher Ivy: Jews as Literary Intellectuals.
5. Professing Literature in the Twenty-First-Century University.
6. Reconfiguring the Profession: The (Uncertain) Path to a Professorship.
Conclusion: The Future of Literary Studies.
“In Defense of Reading offers fascinating and rewarding insight into a scholar’s academic experiences, from which much can be learned.” (Conradiana, 1 March 2012)
"The book explores why we read, how we read and what we learn from reading imaginative literature." (Ezra Magazine, April 2009)
- Provides valuable insights into why and how we read
- Addresses issues and problems in the contemporary university and offers insights into the future
- Explores the life of the mind, the rewards and joys of committed teaching, and the relationship between teaching and scholarship in the contemporary university
- Draws on the author's forty years of teaching experience
- Following his long term commitment to close reading and historicism, Schwarz shows how the best literary criticism must both respect text and context
- Contains insightful and important readings of a broad range of texts, including those by Joyce, Woolf, Conrad, Forster, Gordimer, and Spiegelman's Maus