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The art of X-ray reading : how the secrets of 25 great works of literature will improve your writing

Clark, Roy Peter. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library PE 1408 .C53 2016 30775305515323 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780316282178
  • ISBN: 0316282170
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 326 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Where writers learn their best moves -- X-raying Gatsby : power of the parts -- X-raying Lolita : words at play -- X-raying Hemingway and Didion : words left out -- X-raying James Joyce : language as sacrament -- X-raying Sylvia Plath : jolt of insight -- X-raying Flannery O'Connor : dragon's teeth -- X-raying "The lottery" : piling stones -- X-raying Madame Bovary : signs of inner life -- X-raying Miss Lonelyhearts and A visit from the Goon Squad : texts within texts -- X-raying King Lear and The grapes of wrath : tests of character -- X-raying Gabriel García Márquez : making it strange -- X-raying Homer, Virgil, Roth- and Hitchcock : zooming in -- X-raying Chaucer : pointing the way -- X-raying Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : careless wish -- X-raying Macbeth : ends of things -- X-raying Shakespeare's sonnets : shaking the form -- X-raying Moby-Dick : three little words -- X-raying W.B. Yeats : sacred center -- X-raying Zora Neale Hurston : words on fire -- X-raying Harper Lee : weight of the wait -- X-raying M.F.K. Fisher : cooking a story -- X-raying Hiroshima : stopped clock -- X-raying Rachel Carson and Laura Hillenbrand : sea inside us -- X-raying Toni Morrison : repetitious variation -- X-raying Charles Dickens and Donna Tartt : echo of text -- Great sentences from famous authors : an exercise in X-ray reading -- Twelve steps to get started as an X-ray reader.
Summary, etc.: Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from the Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.--Publisher.
Subject: English language Rhetoric
Literature History and criticism
Reading comprehension
Fiction Technique
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