Thursday, May 22

Reading as a Reader and Reading as a Critic -

Published on May 21, 2014
1)   Does analysing a book 'spoil' its charm?

2)   Can an understanding of the tools of writing enrich the reading experience?

3)   [An Aside]  Is a knowledge of Mathematics needed?

4)   Does understanding the workings of a writers' craft (rhetoric, grammar and syntax etc.) undermine the pleasure of their books?

5)   Can reading "as a critic" ever increase our pleasure of a poems and novels?
Professor Belinda Jack offers a new a model for reading, based on 'subliminal advertising.'

6)   This allows for a detailed explanation of how an understanding of the tools of writing can add to and enrich the reading experience.

7)   Close reading of a selection of passages from a wide range of authors from Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens will form the focus here.

8)   The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597.

9)   This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website.

10)  There are currently over 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website.