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    Default Literary criticism greatest hits

    i'm never going to be someone who reads books, but i can definitely be someone who reads about them.

    what are the best essays and books and lectures about particular novels or oeavres or literary movements, comparative literatures even widespread studies of themes or symbols, etc?

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    just read this novel and you will learn all literary criticism:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Cou.../dp/0141186372
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    ‘I’m not mad at you.’ He walked to the window and stood there, looking out. With his back to Vivaldo, he said, ‘You didn’t really like my book much, did you?’

    ‘So that’s it.’

    ‘What?’ Richard turned, the sunlight full on his face, revealing the lines in his forehead, around and under his eyes, and around his mouth and chin. The face was full of lines; it was a tough face, a good face, and Vivaldo had loved it for a long time. Yet, the face lacked something, he could not have said what the something was, and he knew his helpless judgment was unjust.

    He felt tears spring to his eyes. ‘Richard, we talked about the book and I told you what I thought, I told you that it was a brilliant idea and wonderfully organised and beautifully written and –’ He stopped. He had not liked the book. He could not take it seriously. It was an able, intelligent, mildly perceptive tour de force and it would never mean anything to anyone. In the place in Vivaldo’s mind in which books lived, whether they were great, mangled, mutilated, or mad, Richard’s book did not exist.
    death to middle of the road centrism is the first lesson of literary criticism. the 2nd is reading smut or skinhead novels is better than reading ian mcewan even if ian mcewan has more literary merit because he's so pedestrian and middle of the road. hate that cunt.
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    I read this last night, should have read it a long time ago I suppose, given I studied American literature at Uni... I was so lazy, and I was one of the hardest working people on my course.

    https://shifter-magazine.com/wp-cont...rpretation.pdf

    This isn't just about literature it's about all artforms.
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    I really like Ezra Pound's essays and I think you will too. You can read them all online here but it'd be better to buy the book secondhand off Amazon IMO

    https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet....ssays_djvu.txt

    Hugh Kenner is another one to check for, who wrote 'The Pound Era' about Ezra Pound.

    Eliot: 'Tradition and the Individual Talent' https://www.poetryfoundation.org/art...ividual-talent
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    Hugh Kenner is the most fun. I might have a spare pound era, I'll look around.

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    Just read literature you little shit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Just read literature you little shit
    He does secretly. He's very competitive and the terror of being outstripped, outmanuvered and left behind by his peers is motivating him to read. In Bartys bedroom the porn is on open display and the literature is hidden under the bed.

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    I'm addicted to litcrit it's a terrible affliction

    Because I'm pigeon livered lack gall and need somebody to tell me what stuff to like
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    i'm too cleaver for novels. they're for people with sedate minds. my brain works too fast for that agonisingly slow drip feed of information.

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    Me too. Story books are for kids

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    He was wearing a greatcoat of brushed felt as black as coal and it clung to him like a inconsolable seal pup. It had bright buttons of burnished gold, 12 to be exact, and each button winked in the inconstant candlelight. His boots were etc etc etc

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