Tag Archives: Wayne Booth

A Cosmic Theory of Literature

My attempt at an overarching theory of literature and its place in human history and human progress.

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For a Rich Life, Read Widely and Freely

Literature impacts our lives but the influence is best if we read a wide variety of works. Limiting ourselves to just a few authors can warp us.

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Lit Classics, Our Most Valuable Friends

Wayne Booth compares our relationship with books to our relationships with friends. Just as we can judge whether a friendship is good for us, so can we do so with a literary work.

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A Lit Theory that Affirms Readers

The students in my “Theories of the Reader ” course found the theorists we read affirming.

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Books as Friends, Good but also Bad

Theorist Wayne Booth compares the impact that books have on us to that of friends. Some friends have a good influence, some not.

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Can Poetry Be Bad for You?

The possibility that poetry can have a deleterious effect on one (the poetry of Scott and Byron anyway) is a possibility that Austen brings up in “Persuasion.”

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The Classics, Guides to Our Best Selves

Wayne Booth describes the classics as friends in the deepest and most productive sense of the word.

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