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Experiment in Criticism

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ISBN-10: 1107604729

ISBN-13: 9781107604728

Edition: N/A

Authors: C. S. Lewis

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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…    
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List price: $22.95
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time…    

The Few and the Many
False Characterisations
How the Few and the Many use Pictures and Music
The Reading of the Unliterary
On Myth
The Meanings of Fantasy
On Realisms
On Misreading by the Literary
Survey
Poetry
The Experiment
Epilogue
Appendix: A note on Oedipus