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Techniques of Close Reading

Second Edition


May 2018 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Techniques of Close Reading, Second Edition helps students gain a deeper understanding of what texts may be saying, whether they are written, oral, visual, or mediated. Renowned scholar and professor Barry Brummett explains and explores the various ways to "read" messages (such as speeches, cartoons, or magazine ads), teaching students how to see deeper levels of meaning and to share those insights with others. Students learn techniques for discovering form, rhetorical tropes, argument, and ideologies within texts.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A new Chapter 6 includes a selection of techniques from each chapter to show students how different techniques may be used together when reading text.
  •  A close reading of a group of ads from the insurance company, Liberty Mutual, offers students an opportunity to apply the techniques to recent texts.

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Use ISBN: 9781544341620

 
Preface
 
Chapter 1. On Noticing What You See and Hear
Being a Reader, Being a Critic  
Summary and Looking Ahead  
 
Chapter 2. Theories, Methods, Techniques
Exploring New Territories: Thinking Deductively and Inductively  
Starting From the Top, Deductively: Theories and Their Methods  
Knowledge, Risk, and Ethics in Theories and Methods  
Working With Theories and Methods  
Halfway Down, Deductively: Methods and Techniques  
Heading Back Up Again, Inductively: From Techniques to Theory  
Summary and Looking Ahead  
 
Chapter 3. Using Form for Close Reading
Narrative  
Genre  
Persona  
Form and Politics  
Summary and Looking Ahead  
 
Chapter 4. Ideology and Argument
Four Questions to Ask About a Text  
Putting Our Questions Together: A Brief Example  
Three Examples for Close Reading  
Summary and Looking Ahead  
 
Chapter 5. Transformations in Texts: Seeing Beneath the Surface
Metaphor  
Metonymy  
Synecdoche  
Irony  
Summary and Looking Ahead  
 
Chapter 6. Close Readings Using Multiple Techniques
The First Inauguration of Barack Obama in a Cartoon  
A Group of Ads for Liberty Mutual  
 
Chapter 7. Conclusion
 
References and Recommended Reading
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A new Chapter 6 includes a selection of techniques from each chapter to show students how different techniques may be used together when reading text.
  • A close reading of a group of ads from the insurance company, Liberty Mutual, offers students an opportunity to apply the techniques to recent texts.

 KEY FEATURES:

  • A unique focus on the act and techniques of criticism rather than on schools of thought, grand theories, and specific methods, helps students engage in the act of critical close reading in ways that are applicable to a wide range of methods, making the book an ideal companion to texts focused on specific methods.
  • Explanations of the relationships among the theory, methods, and techniques of rhetorical criticism help students learn the process of successfully reading the meaning of texts.
  • The ethics and risks of doing and reading rhetorical criticism is examined using a wide variety of examples, figures, and exercises taken from everyday life.

 





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