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An Experiment in Criticism (Canto Book)

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Publisher Comments:

'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. He defined a good book as one which can be read in a certain way, a bad book as one which can only be read in another. He was therefore mainly preoccupied with the notion of good reading: and he showed that this, in its surrender to the work on which it is engaged, has something in common with love, with moral action, and with intellectual achievement. In good reading we should be concerned less in altering our own opinions than in entering fully into the opinions of others; \'in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself\'. As with all that Professor Lewis wrote, the arguments are stimulating and the examples apt.'

Synopsis:

Why do we read literature and how do we judge it?. C.S. Lewis suggests that "good reading" involves surrender to the work in hand and a process of entering fully into the opinions of others - "in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself."

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C. S. Lewis??'s classic An Experiment in Criticism 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. He argues that ???good reading???, like moral action or religious experience, involves surrender to the work in hand and a process of entering fully into the opinions of others: ???in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself???. Crucial to his notion of judging literature is a commitment to laying aside expectations and values extraneous to the work, in order to approach it with an open mind. Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis??'s wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.

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 meanings of fantasy; 7. On realisms; 8. On misreading by the literary; 9. Survey; 10. Poetry; 11. The experiment; Epilogue; Appendix.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521422819
Author:
Lewis, C. S.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Lewis, C.S.
Author:
C. S., Lewis
Location:
Cambridge ;
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Criticism Criticism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
Canto ed.
Edition Description:
Canto
Series:
Canto Book
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
8.50x5.54x.30 in. .51 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Christianity » Inspirational

An Experiment in Criticism (Canto Book)
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Product details 152 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521422819 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Why do we read literature and how do we judge it?. C.S. Lewis suggests that "good reading" involves surrender to the work in hand and a process of entering fully into the opinions of others - "in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , C. S. Lewis's classic analysis of the experience of reading.
"Synopsis" by , Why do we read literature and how do we judge it? C. S. Lewis??'s classic An Experiment in Criticism 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. He argues that ???good reading???, like moral action or religious experience, involves surrender to the work in hand and a process of entering fully into the opinions of others: ???in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself???. Crucial to his notion of judging literature is a commitment to laying aside expectations and values extraneous to the work, in order to approach it with an open mind. Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis??'s wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.
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