• An Experiment in Criticism See large image

    An Experiment in Criticism (Canto Book) (Paperback) By (author) C. S. Lewis

    Unavailable

    Sorry we can't get this title, the button below links through to AbeBooks who may have this title (opens in new window).

    Try AbeBooks | Add to wishlist
    Also available in...
    Paperback $16.46

    DescriptionWhy do we read literature and how do we judge it? C. S. Lewis's classic An 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: 'in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself'. Crucial to his notion of judging literature is a commitment to laying aside expectations and values extraneous to the work, in order to approach it with an open mind. Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis's wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for An Experiment in Criticism

    Title
    An Experiment in Criticism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) C. S. Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521422819
    ISBN 10: 0521422817
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: EV082
    Ingram Theme: APPR/HOMSCH, TOPC/HOMSCH
    B&T General Subject: 495
    DC20: 801.95
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRLTAGEN
    B&T Approval Code: A23150000
    DC22: 801/.95, 801.95
    BISAC V2.8: LIT006000
    LC classification: PN85 .L49 1992
    Thema V1.0: DSB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 April 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'Lewis is at one and the same time provocative, tactful, biased, open-minded, old-fashioned, far-seeing, very annoying and very wise.' Church Times 'Genuinely provocative ... makes the best case against evaluative criticism that I have read.' David Daiches, New York Times Book Review
    Back cover copy
    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.
    Table of contents
    1. The few and the many; 2. False characterisations; 3. How the few and the many use pictures and music; 4. The reading of the unliterary; 5. On myth; 6. The meanings of fantasy; 7. On realisms; 8. On misreading by the literary; 9. Survey; 10. Poetry; 11. The experiment; Epilogue; Appendix.