Close Reading : The Basics
180 p. 21 cm.
The author presents a unique methodology based on the principle that all meaning is contextual and any close reading must take account of the way words generate meaning through their relationship with other words. Providing the student with a consistent method through which to conduct close readings of any text, the author also addresses the role of biography, history and theory to further develop interpretive power.
Close reading is the most essential skill that literature students continue to develop across the full length of their studies. This book is the ideal guide to the practice, providing a methodology that can be used for poetry, novels, drama, and beyond. Using classic works of literature, such as Hamlet and The Great Gatsby as case studies, David Greenham presents a unique, contextual approach to close reading, while addressing key questions such as: What is close reading? What is the importance of the relationships between words? How can close reading enhance reading pleasure? Is there a method of close reading that works for all literary genres? How can close reading unlock complexity? How does the practice of close reading relate to other theoretical and critical approaches? Close Reading: The Basics is formulated to bring together reading pleasure and analytic techniques that will engage the student of literature and enhance their reading experience.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 Seven pleasures of reading; Chapter 2 The semantic context; Chapter 3 The syntactic and thematic contexts; Chapter 4 Getting to the crux of things: Hamlet, a case study; Chapter 5 The iterative context, Part 1: character and plot; Chapter 6 The iterative context, Part 2: sounds and rhythms; Chapter 7 The generic context; Chapter 8 The adversarial context; Conclusion: Adversarial appreciation and the futures of close reading; Glossary; Bibliography