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READING LITERATURE: READING LITERATURE: THE INTERPRETING OF TEXT

William L Randall and A. Elizabeth McKim

in Reading Our Lives: The poetics of growing old

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195306873
eISBN:
9780199894062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306873.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter discusses the nature of reading from the perspectives of both psychology and literary theory. Research into the cognitive and neurological features of reading indicates that we process ... More


Prophecy and the Prophetic Books

J. Blenkinsopp

in Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263913
eISBN:
9780191601187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263910.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is the second of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors. It discusses prophecy and the prophetic books of the Old Testament starting by pointing out that not much has been added to ... More


Meaning-Without-Saying: The Implicit Literary Theory of the Mahābhārata

Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860760
eISBN:
9780199979936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 1 examines the possibility of whether or not the Mahābhārata contains an implicit literary theory that can be “lifted out” of its aesthetics of suffering. This chapter discusses three ... More


Egyptian Life, by and with Literary Texts

Ludwig D. Morenz

in Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265420
eISBN:
9780191760471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0012
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses aspects of Egyptian ‘fine literature’ (belles-lettres), and combines general literary and cultural-scientific theoretical considerations with specific case studies from both ... More


A Sentimental Education

Jenefer Robinson

in Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199263653
eISBN:
9780191603211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199263655.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The emotional experience of reading a novel is itself educational, teaching us about life and morality. However, emotional learning is not just a matter of making reflective judgements or acquiring ... More


Why There are so Many Meanings (II): Complex Authorship

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter continues the discussion on the reasons for the diversity of interpretations for any complex literary piece. It tackles the other half of the reader–work transaction—the actual body of ... More


‘Observation, Discipline, and Company’: The Overlooked Reader

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Smith's construction of a reading figure in her three novels. It examines how the addresses to the reader develop through Novel on Yellow Paper (1936) and Over the Frontier ... More


Introduction

John T. Scott

in Rousseau's Reader: Strategies of Persuasion and Education

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226689142
eISBN:
9780226689289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226689289.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In the Introduction I briefly indicate how the form and content of Rousseau’s philosophical writings are related, and specifically how they speak to the fundamental principle of all his works, the ... More


‘A Poet Reading’

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Smith's own reading practice to help explain her playful and often hostile relationship with tradition. It focuses on her troubled relationship with her sister, an English ... More


Towards a Constructive Criticism of Stevie Smith

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583379
eISBN:
9780191723193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers the construction of Smith's public persona in her relation to her critical reception. It notes the defensive and protective critical stances often taken on Smith's work, ... More


How She Wrote and How We Read: Teaching the Pleasure and Play of Welty’s Modernist Techniques

Harriet Pollack

in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First-Century Approaches

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496814531
eISBN:
9781496814579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This essay stresses the pleasure created by Welty’s nonfulfillment of readers’ expectations. It models how to steer students to enjoy the swerves in four short stories– “Lily Daw and the Three ... More


Chronicler of Heroes and Saints

Glenn H. Roe

in The Passion of Charles Péguy: Literature, Modernity, and the Crisis of Historicism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780198718079
eISBN:
9780191787607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718079.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines in detail Péguy’s turn towards literature, when in the context of his ‘Dialogue with History’ he questioned the validity of positivist historicism and its ability to describe ... More


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