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The Crafty Reader
This latest book from the well-known literary critic Robert Scholes presents his thoughtful exploration of the craft of reading. He deals with reading not as an art or performance given by a virtuoso reader, but as a craft that can be studied, taught, and learned. Those who master the craft of reading, Scholes contends, will justifiably take responsibility for the readings ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Yale University Press
(first published August 1st 2001)
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This book tells you (or I should say reminds you) how to read a book in the New Criticism style. (New Criticism was big in the 40's, before postmodernism kicked in and people were all about interpreting everything.) In other words, to not look any deeper than what is provided on the page, and to treat the text as a subject in and of itself. It tells of ways of reading poetry, looking at art, reading Private eye novels...and the benefit of reading and working with just what's on the surface is ...more
This is a good criticism of the New Criticism school of thought and bringing reading to a postmodern textualizing perspective of the world. I originally utilized this book for the chapter on Science Fantasy but was polarized by the readings of Norman Rockwell paintings. The strongest essay for me was the chapter on Sacred Texts and "selective literalism" when it comes to reading of religious texts and how the texts have been I interpreted in so many different ways as to make the texts support ...more