marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

An Experiment in Criticism

An Experiment in Criticism by C. S. Lewis

A book in which Lewis reverses the usual process of criticism:  instead of discussing books, and making deductions about reading from what is read, he discusses reading, and making deductions about books from the way it is read.    (Or can be read -- both readings are possible for many books.)

The many -- the unliterary -- read for the events.  They don't care about style or description or anything like that until it gets in the way of the events; they prefer cliche because it lets them recognize the events quickly. 

He discusses some terms that he thinks not suitable for the literary readers -- the few -- like "serious" (because the literary do not read humorous or comic literature as if it were serious).  He touches on some related issues of fantasy (in more than one sense), myth, and realism (in more than one sense).

Interesting treatment.
Tags: c. s. lewis, cliches, lit crit, non-historical non-fiction reviews, reading, realism

  • a sequel looms

    Haven't even finished the first sequel, and it's suggesting a third story in the sequence. Suggesting it very vaguely. If one witch is taken out,…

  • so -- when's she going to think it?

    Ah backstory. The heroine has some. Something has just happened to drag it back into her life. So when will she think about it? Talking about it is…

  • ah parents

    Revising along. Hit a passage where the heroine remembers, with some resentment, how her parents had forced her to submit to an unjust demand from…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded