Dialogue with the introduction to the prose reader 9-7

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Unformatted text preview: An Introduction... Literal vs. Interpretative vs Critical Engagements Getting Critical with ‘Critical’ Thinking Critically Reading Critically To Reread, or Not To Reread? Writing Critically Writing Processes Drafting Methods Drafting and Drafting Myths To Edit is Human, to Revise is Divine Conclusion The differences in depth of engagement between literal, interpretive and critical engagements really need to be clear. While the text already discussed the three levels of interaction and their differences, I believe they are worth examining further. What is meant by engagement should be clarified as well so that the expectations I have for you (and those that you should have for one another, and for me) are the same. An Introduction... Literal vs. Interpretative vs Critical Engagements Getting Critical with ‘Critical’ Thinking Critically Reading Critically To Reread, or Not To Reread? Writing Critically Writing Processes Drafting Methods Drafting and Drafting Myths To Edit is Human, to Revise is Divine Conclusion ‘Engagement’ has different uses in different contexts, and each of these uses implies the presence of a common element: commitment. In an engagement to be married, the commitment is clear. An engagement with friends to meet for dinner requires a commitment that each person will be at the appropriate place at the prescribed time. In a rhetorical engagement, the commitment is to the rhetoric, to the interaction, to the mental work involved in figuring something out. An engagement is not a casual handshake, and is more than an embrace. ‘Engagement,’ for the purposes of this course, involves wrestling with the material being covered, and I want you to consider ‘wrestling’ in the more traditional Greco-Roman sense rather than what is popularized as entertainment in today’s media. Now that we have that covered, it’s time we started engaging with each of the three levels of interaction mentioned above. An Introduction... Literal vs. Interpretative vs Critical Engagements Getting Critical with ‘Critical’ Thinking Critically Reading Critically To Reread, or Not To Reread? Writing Critically Writing Processes Drafting Methods Drafting and Drafting Myths To Edit is Human, to Revise is Divine Conclusion The Prose Reader indicates that to be literal “entails knowing the meanings of the words – individually and in relation to one another” (2). That’s certainly true, and it’s important to be able to interpret things literally. Too often people skip over literal readings of things, for any of a variety of reasons, and end up ‘reading too much’ into something, getting distracted, or looking for an answer instead of gathering information. If a literal meaning is absent then the foundation upon which the rest of that reading is built is shaky at best. A structure cannot stand without a foundation, right? Well, the truth is that it could, but any instability in the ground or severe weather would cause it to come crumbling down. For every weather would cause it to come crumbling down....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Winter during the Fall '07 term at Columbia State Community College.

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