On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5

Unfortunately, this will be my last post in Lewis’ book, at least for the time being. Why? The book is due back to the library tomorrow and I’ve already renewed it twice. But weep not, my friends! For this is one of the more important chapters for understanding what people like Lewis, Tolkien, and MacDonaldContinue reading “On Myth: “An Experience in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 5″

Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4

Chapter 4 The Reading of the Unliterary Each art is itself and not some other art. Words mean things in a way that musical notes do not. So while the best appreciation of a symphony may be to attend to the intricacy of the notes themselves, even apart from the subjective meanings they suggest toContinue reading “Unliterary Readers: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 4”

The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3

The first demand any work of any art makes upon us is surrender.  Chapter 3 How the Few and the Many Use Pictures and Music By way of expanding the uses of his theory, and of providing more varied examples, Lewis begins noting how the “many” tend to approach visual arts and music in aContinue reading “The Few and the Many: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 3”

“False Characterizations”: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 False Characterizations Having used the terms “the many” and “the few” to refer to the two broad groups of readers – those who use books for some purpose and those who receive each book for what it is – Lewis immediately points out the many false connotations the terms may have. We mustContinue reading ““False Characterizations”: “An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 2″

“An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 1

At the persistent recommendations of some trusted friends, I have finally set my hands upon C.S. Lewis’ An Experiment in Criticism. Two and a half days has got me over half way through – the book is a quicker read than I expected, due in part to Lewis’ customary conciseness and in other part toContinue reading ““An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis, Chapter 1”