Why Do We Read Literature?


First, Literature Defined:


1.) Reading for Vicarious Escape


2.) Reading to Learn


3.) Reading to Confront Experience


4.) Reading for Aesthetic Pleasure


On Literary Criticism:


A Warning about Analysis:


Source: Concise Companion to Literature, by James H. Pickering and Jeffrey D. Hoeper, New York: Macmillan, 1981, pages1-7.