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

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By Michael D.C. Drout, Recorded Books

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

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So the A on Hester Prynne’s dress means “Adultery,” but it starts to mean other things, such as defiance, love, guilt, and even freedom. It is not so much that we cannot be sure exactly what Hawthorne meant, because we can make some good guesses based on letters or cultural context or ideology, but that does not mean we know 50 everything that his great symbol means. Because in order for it to have emotional resonance as a symbol, there has to be room inside for the reader to pour in interpretation.

New York: Ace, 2004. Munroe, Alice. ” Friend of My Youth: Stories. New York: Vintage, 1991. W. ” Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 120, no. 4, pp. 625–630. /Dec. 2000. Suggested Reading Todorov, Tzvetan. Genres in Discourse. Trans. Catherine Porter. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Other Books of Interest Clark, Beverly Lyon. ” New Literary History, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 323–342. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. Devitt, Amy J. ” College English, vol. 62, no.

Mystery inside. These are simple patterns, and they are most evident in the external elements of the story, but they are nevertheless there and important. The same kinds of expectations are generated internally by a prose text. Not only the apparently superficial characteristics such as size, binding, font, cover and paper quality, but also the internal divisions and the layout convey to a reader what sort of book this is. Sometimes the work of the publisher conflicts with the intentions of the reader.

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