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Reading list: On reading

The following is a list of articles and books that will be useful to those who wish to learn more about reading (including reader-response, reception and cognitive theory), with a particular emphasis on how postcolonial writing is read.

Terence Cave, Thinking with Literature: Towards a Cognitive Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
T. J. Clark, ‘Poussin’s Sacrament of Marriage’, New Literary History 45.2 (Spring 2014): 221–52.
J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy (London: Harvill Secker, 2015).
Rita Felski, The Limits of Critique (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2015).
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Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (London: Methuen, 1981).
John Marx, Geopolitics and the Anglophone Novel, 1890–2011 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Stephanie Newell, Literary Culture in Colonial Ghana: ‘How to Play the Game of Life’ (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2002).
James Phelan, Experiencing Fiction: Judgements, Progressions and the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative (Columbus: Ohio University Press, 2007).
James Procter and Bethan Benwell, Reading Across Worlds: Transnational Book Groups and the Reception of Difference (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015).
Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson, Relevance: Communication and Cognition, 2nd edn (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004 [1986]).
Rebecca Walkowitz, Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in the Age of World Literature (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015).