A way with words II : approaches to literature by Michael D.C. Drout, Recorded Books

By Michael D.C. Drout, Recorded Books

Is literature a type of lie? Can fiction ever be "realistic"? Why can we learn? What should still we learn? Professor Drout offers perception into those and different provocative questions, together with these on the topic of the function of the textual content, writer, and viewers within the analyzing process.

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James Joyce’s “The Dead” is often considered to be the single greatest short story of the twentieth century. As you read the story, be alert for the way that the rooms and the characters’ entry into them is described. You will notice a consistent narrowing: characters move inside and into corners, into a little pantry, into various rooms. Look for warmth and happiness and light being constantly but subtly undercut by waves of cold air and uncomfortable pauses. ” Also note how even in the happy conversations phrases about death appear.

Other Books of Interest Russom, Geoffrey. Beowulf and Old Germanic Meter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. L. Rosenthal, eds. Chief Modern Poets of England and America. 4th ed. , 1966. org 45 Lecture 8: Form, Pattern, and Symbol: Prose The Suggested Reading for this lecture is Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. P oets are able to use our expectations about forms to good effect, either fulfilling expectations or violating them, and the resulting interaction between form and content is one of the key phenomena to note when discussing literature.

This idea has absolutely taken over contemporary writing, which is driven by epiphanies (particularly in the short story). The epiphany in “The Dead” occurs in the last few paragraphs. Here Joyce is at his masterful best, combining ideas, images, and even sound patterns so that his story works at the intellectual and emotional level. Literature achieves its greatest effects when it works at these multiple levels, tying together both content and form to create art. 51 FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING Questions 1.

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