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Appreciating Form in Books and Movies

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar offers a lively survey of some of the artistic techniques, styles, innovations, and traditions that we encounter everyday. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lectures, and discussion, our sessions will explore the importance, in fiction and film, of a good beginning, the depiction of characters’ thoughts and feelings, […]

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Essentials of Literary and Film Theory

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar, scheduled for the winter/spring 2020 term, is now concluded. This seminar offers a lively survey of literary and film theory basics. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lecture, and discussion, our sessions will explore how writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and artists—from Plato to Toni Morrison—help us appreciate the importance […]

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

by Steven J. Venturino Alpha Books/Penguin/DK, 2013 Used in colleges and college-prep courses in the US, AS/A2 prep in the UK, and by interested readers and writers everywhere. Paperback and e-book available at IndieBound.org, Amazon, and your invaluable local library. Authoritative. Helpful. Funny. . . . You’ll see. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and […]

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My Excellent Twitter Reviews for #TLSAPP

Presented here in all their glory, and in order from first to last, are my losing entries for the TLS tweet-a-book-review contest. A good time was had by all, I think, even though one week’s ringer, I mean winner, actually writes for the TLS. I know! Here’s to Alex Drace-Francis (@AlexDrace), who was singled out […]

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Literary Theory

Analysis and “Ruining the Fun”

“Secondly, and more seriously, it has been deduced from this belief that you are liable to destroy the poem if its meaning is discovered, that it is important to preserve one’s innocence about the meaning of verses, that one must use sensibility, and as little intelligence as possible.” This is from William Empson’s Seven Types […]