An Experiment in CriticismAn Experiment in Criticism



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 ...

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107604728

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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 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.

An Experiment in CriticismAn Experiment in Criticism



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.

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521422817

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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 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.

The Ferrante LettersThe Ferrante Letters



In a series of intertwined, original, and daring readings of Ferrante’s work and her fictional world, Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards strike a tone at once critical and personal, achieving a way of talking ...

Author: Sarah Chihaya

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231550888

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Like few other works of contemporary literature, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels found an audience of passionate and engaged readers around the world. Inspired by Ferrante’s intense depiction of female friendship and women’s intellectual lives, four critics embarked upon a project that was both work and play: to create a series of epistolary readings of the Neapolitan Quartet that also develops new ways of reading and thinking together. In a series of intertwined, original, and daring readings of Ferrante’s work and her fictional world, Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards strike a tone at once critical and personal, achieving a way of talking about literature that falls between the seminar and the book club. Their letters make visible the slow, fractured, and creative accretion of ideas that underwrites all literary criticism and also illuminate the authors’ lives outside the academy. The Ferrante Letters offers an improvisational, collaborative, and cumulative model for reading and writing with others, proposing a new method the authors call collective criticism. A book for fans of Ferrante and for literary scholars seeking fresh modes of intellectual exchange, The Ferrante Letters offers incisive criticism, insouciant riffs, and the pleasure of giving oneself over to an extended conversation about fiction with friends.

An Experiment in CriticismAn Experiment in Criticism



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.

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"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"--Publisher description

The Culture of InterpretationThe Culture of Interpretation



At the heart of Lewis's " experiment in criticism " is his sharp distinction between the " use " and the " reception " of ... When we pick up a toy , we do so in order to fulfill a need for pleasure or diversion ; when we handle an icon ...

Author: Roger Lundin

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802806368

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This book offers a broad-ranging account of contemporary American culture, the complex network of symbols, practices, and beliefs at the heart of our society. Lundin explores the historical background of some of our "postmodern" culture's central beliefs and considers their crucial ethical and theological implications.

Essential C S LewisEssential C S Lewis



We realise it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he ... F. R O NW Fifteen Poets Edmund Spenser EDMUND SPENSER FROM An Experiment in Criticism 5 15 FROM An Experiment in Criticism 5 13.

Author: Clive Staples Lewis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684823744

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Provides three complete works and selections from Lewis's autobiography, adult fiction, religious and philosophical writings, criticism, poetry, and letters

C S Lewis and a Problem of EvilC S Lewis and a Problem of Evil



64 An Experiment in Criticism An Experiment in Criticism was one of the last books of literary criticism Lewis would write before his death.65 Te book is an attempt at a new approach to literary critical methodology.

Author: Jerry Root

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780227903001

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C.S. Lewis was concerned about an aspect of the problem of evil he called subjectivism: the tendency of one's perspective to move towards self-referentialism and utilitarianism. In C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil, Jerry Root provides a holistic reading of Lewis by walking the reader through all of Lewis's published work as he argues Lewis's case against subjectivism. Furthermore, the book reveals that Lewis consistently employed fiction to make his case, as virtually all of his villains are portrayed assubjectivists. Lewis's warnings are prophetic; this book is not merely an exposition of Lewis, it is also a timely investigation into the problem of evil.

C S LewisC S Lewis



An Experiment in Criticism, in 1961, was a new approach to criticism, focusing on the reader. The Discarded Image, completed shortly before his death, provides a “map” to medieval and Renaissance thought for the student.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438112848

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A collection of critical essays on C.S. Lewis's work.

A Philosophical Walking Tour with C S LewisA Philosophical Walking Tour with C S Lewis



51 C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1961), 37. 52C. S. Lewis, Present Concerns, (New York: Harcourt, 1986), 67–8. 53 Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 98. 54And happiness excludes pain: “the ...

Author: Stewart Goetz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628923193

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Although it has been almost seventy years since Time declared C.S. Lewis one of the world's most influential spokespersons for Christianity and fifty years since Lewis's death, his influence remains just as great if not greater today. While much has been written on Lewis and his work, virtually nothing has been written from a philosophical perspective on his views of happiness, pleasure, pain, and the soul and body. As a result, no one so far has recognized that his views on these matters are deeply interesting and controversial, and-perhaps more jarring-no one has yet adequately explained why Lewis never became a Roman Catholic. Stewart Goetz's careful investigation of Lewis's philosophical thought reveals oft-overlooked implications and demonstrates that it was, at its root, at odds with that of Thomas Aquinas and, thereby, the Roman Catholic Church.

The C S Lewis Collection Academic WorksThe C S Lewis Collection Academic Works



With his trademark warmth and wit, Lewis offers invaluable insight and intellectual delight for readers.

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062660459

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With his trademark warmth and wit, Lewis offers invaluable insight and intellectual delight for readers. Includes: • An Experiment in Criticism • The Allegory of Love • The Discarded Image • Studies in Words • Image and Imagination • Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature • Selected Literary Essays • The Personal Heresy

A History of Literary CriticismA History of Literary Criticism



The lecture De Descriptione Temporum is reprinted in David Lodge (ed), 20th Century Literary Criticism, pp. 443–52. 3. An Experiment in Criticism (Cambridge, 1961), p. 86. 4. An Experiment in Criticism, p. 125. 5. An Experiment in ...

Author: Harry Blamires

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350317741

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The author traces the course of literary criticism from its foundations in classical and medieval precepts to the theorising of the present day. He explores the texts which have been milestones in the history of critical thought, placing them firmly in the context of their time.

Imagination and the Arts in C S LewisImagination and the Arts in C S Lewis



An Experiment in Criticism culminates in an impassioned celebration of the imagination and the imaginative experience. It is an eloquent statement in the old, humane tradition, clearly juxtaposed to the modern, Cambridge approach.

Author: Peter J. Schakel

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826219374

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Imagination has long been regarded as central to C. S. Lewis's life and to his creative and critical works, but this is the first study to provide a thorough analysis of his theory of imagination, including the different ways he used the word and how those uses relate to each other. Peter Schakel begins by concentrating on the way reading or engaging with the other arts is an imaginative activity. He focuses on three books in which imagination is the central theme--Surprised by Joy, An Experiment in Criticism, and The Discarded Image--and shows the important role of imagination in Lewis's theory of education. He then examines imagination and reading in Lewis's fiction, concentrating specifically on the Chronicles of Narnia, the most imaginative of his works. He looks at how the imaginative experience of reading the Chronicles is affected by the physical texture of the books, the illustrations, revisions of the texts, the order in which the books are read, and their narrative "voice," the "storyteller" who becomes almost a character in the stories. Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis also explores Lewis's ideas about imagination in the nonliterary arts. Although Lewis regarded engagement with the arts as essential to a well- rounded and satisfying life, critics of his work and even biographers have given little attention to this aspect of his life. Schakel reviews the place of music, dance, art, and architecture in Lewis's life, the ways in which he uses them as content in his poems and stories, and how he develops some of the deepest, most significant themes of his stories through them. Schakel concludes by analyzing the uses and abuses of imagination. He looks first at "moral imagination." Although Lewis did not use this term, Schakel shows how Lewis developed the concept in That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man long before it became popularized in the 1980s and 1990s. While readers often concentrate on the Christian dimension of Lewis's works, equally or more important to him was their moral dimension. Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis will appeal to students and teachers of both children's literature and twentieth-century British writers. It will also be of value to readers who wish to compare Lewis's creations with more recent imaginative works such as the Harry Potter series.