An Experiment in Criticism

An Experiment in CriticismReading An Experiment In Criticism By C.S Lewis C.S Lewis S Classic 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. If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Cultural Chicken Soup for the Soul An Experiment in Criticism by C S Lewis Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality There are mass emotions which heal the wound but they destroy the privilege In them our separate selves are pooled and we sink back into sub individuality But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself and am never myself than when I do In An Experiment in Criticism by C S Lewis Anarcho punk, extreme literature. Beware the coming revolution All the best writers are anarcho punks JJ Rousseau A Discourse On Inequality Thomas Payne The Rights Of Man Mary Wollstonecraft A Vindication of the Rights of Women Victor Hugo Les Miserables set in the French Revolution in Paris Dostoevsky wrote his first novel The Poor Folk aged 29 This resulted in him and his 3 co
Um verdadeiro amante da literatura devia ser de certo modo como um examinador honesto, preparado para dar a nota mais alta a uma exposi o completa, apropriada e bem documentada de ideias das quais n o compartilha ou que inclusive abomina Senhor Lewis, n o lhe dou a nota mais alta porque, ou n o sou uma verdadeira amante da literatura, ou n o sou uma examinadora honesta No entanto, foi um grande prazer conhec lo Gosto muito da sua conclus o sobre os anseios do ser humano em ir al m de si pr prios e os meios no caso deste ensaio, a Literatura para os concretizarem Buscamos um engrandecimento do nosso ser Queremos ser mais que o que somos em n s pr prios Queremos ver com outros olhos, fantasiar com outras imagina es, sentir com outros cora es, ao mesmo tempo que com os nossos A Literatura uma s rie de janelas, e mesmo de portas O primeiro impulso de cada um de n s elevar se a si pr prio O segundo sair de si pr prio, corrigir o seu isolamento e curar a sua solid o Fazemos isso no amor, na busca do conhecimento e no acolhimento dado s artes bvio que este processo pode ser descrito quer como uma eleva o, quer como uma aniquila o tempor ria do ser Por m, esse um paradoxo j antigo mas aquele que perder a sua vida salv la pois com grande prazer que penetramos nas cren as de outros homens ainda que n o as consideremos verdadeiras O homem que se contenta com ser apenas ele pr prio vive numa pris o Para mim, os meus pr prios olhos n o s o suficie
This is partially a review and partially a reflection I expect on my second reading to expand on the review part of it, but for now, it has inspired me to put some personal thoughts together regarding how I read.In C.S Lewis book An Experiment in Criticism, I found a thread of thought that was both engaging and insightful where he proposed a thought experiment involving literary criticism.Lewis suggests that books should be judged by how they are read rather than how they are written, and that readers should approach any book they read for the first time without prejudgment Any book that motivates a reader to want to reread it is then a work of art regardless of label or genre The most succinct passages I found were those of his epilogue, which pretty much sum up the book In the course of my inquiry I have rejected the views that literature is to be valued a for telling us truths about life, b as an aid to culture I have also said that, while we read, we must treat the reception of the work we are reading as an end in itself.The simplicity here makes much sense in that a book should just be seen as a book He later poses this question to himself What then is the good of occupying our hearts with stories of what never happened and entering vicario
Another good example as to why it s a shame C.S Lewis has been largely abandoned to the realm of religious studies I can t imagine many non religious literary critics would bother touching this now In a lot of ways this is a proto text for Reader Response theory, with Lewis exploring why making a distinction between what is good literature and what is bad literature is less important than analyzing the person reading it which he breaks into the literary and unliterary Of course the whole thing comes off now as inescapably antiquated particularly in the way he has no problems making clean cut categorizations , but around every corner he comes up with unexpected surprises, often laced with a devilishly dry British wit a spirited defense of Modernist poetry for instance, or perhaps a shrewd dissection of literary fashions dethronments and restorations of literary reputations are almost monthly events.But the penultimate chapter The Experiment is the most striking of all, particularly in his cautioning against Vigilant criticism which I take as being social theory which was just beginnings its rise to ascende
If you haven t read anything on literary criticism, this little book by C.S Lewis will open your mind to a whole new world the world of the text, and it well read Lewis suggests that rather than judging the quality of books by their mere nature and or content, one should judge them by the nature in which they are read For example, some people read books only once to gratify some curiosity or lust, only to abandon the books forever afterwards Contrarily, those who truly love their books will read them countless times and cherish them as favored possessions In other words, some people read books seeking only to find a world they already are comfortable with and understand a world they already have categories for and can explain A world that makes sense in their system of thought By reading books in such a way, such readers are not challenged by what they read And yet in the end, they sadly meet only themselves in each book For Lewis, this explains the vast hoard of trashy novels which all basically follow the same principle In these cases, the reader is never brought to a higher level of knowledge There is no additive t
But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself C.S Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism , p.141 Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors We realise it best when we talk with an unliterary friend He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world In it, we should be suffocated The man who is contented to be only h
Yup I liked it Like most of Lewis books, he says in 140 pages than most do in 300 But I suppose he also looks deeply into little to produce much When most are raking leaves and combing grass, Lewis is 20 feet deep and analyzing roots. It is a true pity that George Orwell and C.S Lewis never happened to get drunk at the same bar and enter into a violent, gin fueled debate over literary criticism, because that might have changed the course of the development of literature in the 20th century Or perhaps it would only have made the bartender rich selling tickets to the show Sadly, we ll never know.Lewis radical proposition here is that it is as much the reader as the text which determines whether a book is good or bad literature, and the 140 odd pages he devotes to that theory provide aside from fascinating reading a wonderful defense of both popular literature and genre fiction His conviction that to truly experience literature we must surrender ourselves to it won t be a hard sell to anyone who reads a lot of poetry, but I can only imagine how his views on the uselessness of evaluative critici
Great And finished yet another time in November of 2017.

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  • Paperback
  • 142 pages
  • An Experiment in Criticism
  • C.S. Lewis
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 9781107604728