Reading with and against the grain

Reading with and against the grain - Kyle Garrity Professor...

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Kyle Garrity Professor Sharyn Nelson EN-101I Journal #1 Due 8/31/07 “Reading with and against the grain.” Bartholomae and Petrosky use this phrase in their book Ways of Reading . The authors are talking about the two ways to read, analyze, and write about a book. Reading with the grain means reading the text and putting it in your own words. “To read generously, to work inside someone else’s system, to see your world in someone else’s terms…” (B&P, 11) This means that when reading with the grain, you have to understand what the writer is telling you, and you have to analyze and concur with what they are saying. In a way you are building on the writers thoughts and ideas and providing your own input to them, giving your own unique aspect on the matter. Reading against the grain means to go against what the text is saying, to disagree and challenge the author. Reading against the grain can be a little like reading with the grain, because you still have to understand and analyze the text, but instead of expanding
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EN 101 taught by Professor Nelson during the Fall '07 term at Quinnipiac.

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