The bookshelf: writers and reading

By Kevin Charles Gibley '89M.A. '95Ph.D.

In the writing classroom, students and I frequently discuss ways to engage readers with what they write. When planning literature classes, I try to choose stories that will connect with student readers. This focus on readership may seem out of step in a world shaped daily by an increasingly digital means of communication. A popular view sees reading books as quaint — an isolated act rather than an engagement in the matrix of the computer age. This view, though, neglects the connection between writer and reader, what Eudora Welty calls “a double act through which [writer and reader] make sense to each other.”…

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