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An Experiment in Criticism

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C. S. Lewis's classic analysis of the experience of reading.

Synopsis:

Professor Lewis believed that literature exists above all for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite. He doubted the use of strictly evaluative criticism, especially its condemnations. Literary criticism is traditionally employed in judging books, and 'bad taste' is thought of as a taste for bad books. Professor Lewis's experiment consists in reversing the process, and judging literature itself by the way men read it.

Table of Contents

1. The few and the many; 2. False characterisations; 3. How the few and the many use pictures and music; 4. The reading of the unliterary; 5. On myth; 6. The meaning of fantasy; 7. On realisms; 8. On misreading by the literary; 9. Survey; 10. Poetry; 11. The experiment; Epilogue; Appendix.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521093507
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Author:
Lewis, C.S.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Publication Date:
19610101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
eng
Pages:
152

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"Synopsis" by , Professor Lewis believed that literature exists above all for the joy of the reader and that books should be judged by the kind of reading they invite. He doubted the use of strictly evaluative criticism, especially its condemnations. Literary criticism is traditionally employed in judging books, and 'bad taste' is thought of as a taste for bad books. Professor Lewis's experiment consists in reversing the process, and judging literature itself by the way men read it.
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