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Levels of Reading (Important Note)


Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Neta Gordon

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Wednesday, September 14th 2011
ENGL 1F95: Levels of Reading
-pay particular attention in how it is put together
-the how differs literature from history, or sociology
What it means to read for form?
Levels of Reading
1.) Evaluation (Do I like the text? How does it make me feel? Is it coherent?)
2.) Interpretation (What is the text about? Can I paraphrase the text’s content? What
themes or issues does the text seem to gesture toward?)
-making sure you understand vocabulary
-difference between subject and theme
-subject or issue can be summed in a couple of words
-when talking about a theme, you cannot sum it up in a few words
because you are talking about the attitude (take, approach) of the work
so it needs to be a phrase or a sentence
3.) Analysis (How does the text work? What formal elements has the write included in
order to create meaning, or in order to provoke a particular response?)
- ripping the text apart
-there may have been a reason the author has put the text together the way it is.
-how has the author put the text together to make you do something?
-how was the text put together to make you get a reaction after reading?
-Literature is a very artificial thing
4.) Critical Analysis (Why has the writer constructed a text in a particular way? Why
are the particular formal choices, which provoke a particular interpretation, significant?)
-The answer to the question “why are the particular formal choices, which
provoke a particular interpretation, significant?” is your thesis.
Come live with me and be my love,
And we shall all the pleasures prove.
Boom, Boom, Boom, let’s go back to my room,
And we can do it all night, and I can make you
feel right.
1.) Evaluation (Do I like the text?)
2.) Interpretation (What is the text about?)
3.) Analysis (How does the text work?)
4.) Critical Analysis (Why are the formal choices significant?)
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