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    Keeping Track of New Books

    I'm curious to know what sources people on this forum follow to learn about current releases or news regarding books. I occasionally read year-end lists to find more recent books to read, but I...
  2. I try to mix in a few comics along with the...

    I try to mix in a few comics along with the novels I usually read. I think that some of the best comics earn comparisons to traditional literature. They might not be at the level of the greatest...
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    I'm not sure if this is completely accurate, but...

    I'm not sure if this is completely accurate, but I've always thought that the terms airplane and beach novel were somewhat derogatory. While you could technically read something like Finnegan's Wake...
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    I haven't read Bloom's works myself, but I feel...

    I haven't read Bloom's works myself, but I feel that a complete dismissal of feminist, multicultural, and other critical lenses is unfair. Perhaps you had a different experience with these schools...
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    I'm definitely in agreement with the idea that...

    I'm definitely in agreement with the idea that poems are more than just images. When I tried to explain how I reacted to the poem, I wasn't really trying to suggest that those impressions were the...
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    I think that your understanding of what an image...

    I think that your understanding of what an image is might be a little limited. The poem might not exactly create a visual image of photographic precision, but do you really mean to suggest that it...
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    As others have mentioned, perhaps the question...

    As others have mentioned, perhaps the question isn't so much style vs substance as what kind of style the author uses. A work that seems more "earthly" or "human" might not necessarily lack style. ...
  8. I generally wouldn't read a book based solely on...

    I generally wouldn't read a book based solely on the title, but I do like to avoid knowing too much about it beforehand. I generally just try to look at enough opinions to decide whether it's worth...
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    But couldn't non-believers also value the text? ...

    But couldn't non-believers also value the text? They might not necessary follow its religion, but they could certainly appreciate its intellectual and aesthetic value.

    Also, if anyone is...
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    That certainly seems like a valuable use of the...

    That certainly seems like a valuable use of the technique. But how does being a believer fulfill the "distant" aspect of reading a religious text? Do you mean that a believer would have a more...
  11. Thread: Vengeance

    by Bartlebooth
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    I can see why someone would be motivated to seek...

    I can see why someone would be motivated to seek revenge, but I firmly believe in the idea that "two rights don't make a wrong." If any punitive measures are taken, they should only be carried out...
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    I definitely agree that distant reading could...

    I definitely agree that distant reading could never replace other forms like close reading, but I do think that it could be a valuable supplementary method. In the example you're giving, I can...
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    This isn't an English novel either, but Invisible...

    This isn't an English novel either, but Invisible Cities has very short sections and is definitely worth reading.
  14. Underworld, Don DeLillo Middlemarch, George...

    Underworld, Don DeLillo
    Middlemarch, George Eliot
    Daniel Deronda, George Eliot
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
    Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

    I was thinking of putting...
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    Thanks for the examples, Pike. I'll have to take...

    Thanks for the examples, Pike. I'll have to take a look at some of these when I have the time.
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    Calidore, I'm not completely sure if I can agree...

    Calidore, I'm not completely sure if I can agree with the Oxford 3b definition. It feels a bit too broad. If we used that, would there be any meaningful difference between calling something...
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    Could graphic novels ever be considered...

    Could graphic novels ever be considered literature? I'm not sure if I've ever read a graphic novel that has met Pike's definition of literature, but I don't see any inherent reason why one couldn't...
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    One example of a distant reading approach was how...

    One example of a distant reading approach was how we looked at the Act V in Macbeth. We made a diagram with characters as the different nodes and placed lines between characters who spoke to each...
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    Merits of Distance Reading?

    In one of my classes, our professor had us analyze Middlemarch using a technique called distant reading. We constructed models of different aspects of the novel and used these models as the basis...
  20. Thread: Hello!

    by Bartlebooth
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    Hello!

    Hi everyone,

    I just signed up for an account here and thought I would introduce myself. I'm an first-year English major who hopes to pursue graduate studies in Literature someday. I've been...
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