Abstract

Abstract:

In Mere Reading: The Poetics of Wonder in Modern American Novels, Lee Clark Mitchell persuasively argues for a critical practice of "slow reading." His introduction offers a comprehensive account of his methods of interpretation, placing them in the context of both past major critical movements and recent interventions in the field (including current debates about "surface reading" and "the new formalism"). The sensitive, illuminating readings of novels by Willa Cather, Vladimir Nabokov, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, and Junot Díaz demonstrate the critical value of this approach. Both Mitchell's theoretical account and his reading practice would have been strengthened, however, by a more sustained treatment of "wonder," and affect more generally.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 188-191
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-03
Open Access
No
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