An Experiment in Criticism / Edition 1

An Experiment in Criticism / Edition 1

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by C. S. Lewis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521422817

ISBN-13: 9780521422819

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C.S. Lewis's classic analysis springs from the conviction that literature exists for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite.  See more details below

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Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C.S. Lewis's classic analysis springs from the conviction that literature exists for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite.

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ISBN-13:
9780521422819
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

IThe Few and the Many1
IIFake Characterisations5
IIIHow the Few and the Many use Pictures and Music14
IVThe Reading of the Unliterary27
VOn Myth40
VIThe Meanings of Fantasy50
VIIOn Realisms57
VIIIOn Misreading by the Literary74
IXSurvey88
XPoetry95
XIThe Experiment104
Epilogue130
Appendix: A note on Oedipus142

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An Experiment in Criticism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TSK54 More than 1 year ago
If you can read through his occasional old-fashioned biases on class and gender, dated even for 1961 when this was first published, this is a wonderful little guide on how to read. Exploring the differences between mundane everyday reading and reading with a capital R; the reading of great literature, Lewis also includes chapters on poetry, myth and fantasy. He provides one of the most compelling reasons ever offered for why we read at the end of this little gem of a book: "But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself......I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do."