Reading Style: A Life in Sentences by Jenny Davidson

By Jenny Davidson

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that force us to fall in love with convinced sentences over others and the bigger implications of our courting with writing variety. immediately playful and severe, immersive and analytic, her memoir/critique indicates how type elicits specific forms of ethical judgments and subjective personal tastes, which flip analyzing right into a hugely own and political act.

Melding her reviews as reader and critic, Davidson opens new vistas onto works through Jane Austen, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Pynchon; provides richer measurement to evaluations of W. G. Sebald, Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Bernhard, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; and makes it possible for a worldly appreciation of well known fictions through Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lionel Shriver, George Pelecanos, and Helen DeWitt. She privileges diction, syntax, perspective, and constitution over plot and personality, choosing the intimate mechanics that draw us in to literature's sensual frameworks and circulate us to think, establish, and relate. Davidson concludes with a examining checklist of her favourite titles so others can percentage in her literary adventures and get to grasp larger the imprint of her personal examining type.

Show description

Read Online or Download Reading Style: A Life in Sentences PDF

Similar literary criticism books

Poet's Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats

Retail caliber PDF.

Poetry has usually been thought of an irrational style, extra expressive than logical, extra meditative than given to coherent argument. And but, in all the 4 very diversified poets she considers the following, Helen Vendler finds a method of pondering in operation; even if they could desire various ability, she argues, all poets of any worth are thinkers.

The 4 poets taken up during this volume--Alexander Pope, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and William Butler Yeats--come from 3 centuries and 3 international locations, and their varieties of pondering are typically idiosyncratic. Vendler indicates us Pope acting as a satiric miniaturizer, remaking in verse the shape of the essay, Whitman writing as a poet of repetitive insistence for whom pondering has to be by way of rethinking, Dickinson experimenting with plot to signify life's unfolding, and Yeats considering in photographs, utilizing montage in lieu of argument.

With normal lucidity and spirit, Vendler lines via those poets' traces to discover proof of concept in lyric, the silent stylistic measures representing alterations of brain, the condensed strength of poetic pondering. Her paintings argues opposed to the aid of poetry to its (frequently well-worn) topics and demonstrates, as an alternative, that there's consistently in admirable poetry a strenuous means of considering, obtrusive in an evolving style--however old the theme--that is strong and unique.

Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife, Substance

Poetry has lengthy been considered as the least available of literary genres. yet how a lot does the obscurity that confounds readers of a poem fluctuate from, say, the slang that seduces listeners of hip-hop? Infidel Poetics examines not just the shared incomprensibilities of poetry and slang, yet poetry's genetic relation to the spectacle of underground tradition.

The Brontës (Authors in Context) (Oxford World's Classics)

The intense creativity of the Brontë sisters, who among them wrote one of the most enduring fiction within the English language, maintains to fascinate and intrigue smooth readers. The tragedy in their early deaths provides poignancy to their novels, and within the renowned mind's eye they've got turn into mythic figures.

Cahier Beckett

Ce Cahier est dédié à l’œuvre d’un des plus grands écrivains, poètes et dramaturges de notre temps où los angeles littérature crée un monde plein de paradoxes et exprime avec humour un profond pessimisme quand à l. a. situation humaine.

Textes de Samuel Beckett : Fragment de théâtre, Bing, Quatre poèmes, Beckett traduit Eluard, Trois textes sur los angeles peinture moderne, 3 dialogues with Georges Duthuit, Cent cinquante citations, and so on.

Extra info for Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

Example text

His enquiry into what makes up a perfect society in its structure of sexual, political, military, educational relations is an enquiry specifically into the 'justice'12 of a 8 9 12 Hesiod, Works and Days 35-9. Compare Hesiod, Theogony 81-93 f° r a picture of a just king who judges "with straight judgements' (86). 10 Lloyd 1966, 213. Ibid. » 1971, 128. Plato uses the cognate term dikaiosune. The language of appropriation • 37 city's constitution. 'Justice' involves not merely legal order, but the right organization of all the parts and relations of the city.

The chorus' triple repetition of the word for 'persuasion' in their third line - more clumsy in my English translation than in the Greek - places a strong stress on the force of Clytemnestra's language that the carpet scene has just demonstrated. Here the strength of persuasive rhetoric to dominate the listener appears to have no effect on the foreign girl. The remarks of Clytemnestra herself also emphasize the process of language exchange in the almost tautologous 'I am speaking and persuading her with my speech', as does the suggestion that Cassandra's language may not be Greek.

Hubris provokes more hubris and then the day of reckoning comes at last. Dike leads everything to the end appointed. Enter Agamemnon, royally with a young woman. '20 The remaining scenes of the play act out the implications of this highly dramatic entrance. Agamemnon is slaughtered with Cassandra, but as the queen taunts the chorus with her victory, even she too begins to change. More and more, she takes on 'the aspect of a doomed criminal . . 21 The murder is not a single act of regicide but an instance of a pattern.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.45 of 5 – based on 43 votes