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When you approach a work of fiction the way you do an e-mail or report or newspaper, you miss out on all of this. You're not getting everything you should out of the reading experience. Learning the skills and techniques of artful reading can improve your life in many ways.
* If you're a fiction reader, they can make your first reading of a new novel or short story feel as rewarding as a second or third reading, and they can give you new perspectives on works you already cherish.
* If you're an aspiring writer, they can help you understand the methods that great writers use to tackle literary conceptsï¿½successful methods you can then apply to your own writing.
* If you're a book club member, they can enliven discussions and provide your group with engaging activities to create even deeper appreciations of the works you're reading.
* If you're a student, they can improve and enhance the close reading skills essential to success in high school, college, and beyond.
And the best part: These skills are not difficult or unwieldy; rather, they are well within your reach. According to award-winning Professor Timothy Spurgin, who has made a career of enlightening students about the benefits of artful reading, great readers are made, not born.
This idea forms the core of The Art of Reading, Professor Spurgin's entertaining 24-lecture course that brings together concepts and techniques rarely found in a single package. Teaching with an engaging and conversational style, he gives you the knowledge and methods to approach even the most daunting reading experience with increased confidence.
Course Lecture Titles
01. Artful Reading and Everyday Reading
02. Authors, Real and Implied
03. Narratorsï¿½Their Voices and Their Visions
04. Charactersï¿½Beyond Round and Flat
05. Descriptionsï¿½People, Places, and Things
06. Minimalists to Maximalists to Lyricists
07. Explosive Devicesï¿½Irony and Ambiguity
08. Reading for the Plotï¿½Five Simple Words
09. Master Plotsï¿½The Stranger and the Journey
10. The Game Is Afootï¿½Sherlock Holmes
11. The Plot Thickensï¿½Scott and Bronte
12. The Plot Vanishesï¿½Faulkner and Woolf
13. Chapters, Patterns, and Rhythms
14. Scene and Summary, Showing and Telling
15. Subtexts, Motives, and Secrets
16. Dialogueï¿½The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
17. Metafictionï¿½Fiction about Fiction
18. Adaptationï¿½From Fiction to Film
19. Realism Times Four
20. Thumbs Up?ï¿½Interpretation and Evaluation
21. A Long Short Storyï¿½"Runaway"
22. A Classic Novelï¿½The Age of Innocence
23. A Baggy Monsterï¿½War and Peace
24. Picking Up the Tools
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