Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading

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David Galef
Wayne State University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 383 pages
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How does our perspective change after the first reading? What distortions emerge through repetition? How do we determine what's worth rereading, and what is the role of such repetition in our lives? What are the gains and losses? Second Thoughts answers these questions and investigates the phenomenon of rereading narrative texts from various genres. Contributors of this volume explore rereading children's literature, rereading Proust, how rereading functions in the oral tradition, and why so many people reread romances. Essays range from rereading Shakespeare and Spenser to rereading on a desert island and the rereading of hypertext.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
Observations on Rereading
17
Running Titles
34
Some Historical Paradoxes
51
Tradition as Rereading
75
A Psychoanalytic
126
The Readers
152
Rereading Guillaume de Machauts Vision
169
Rereading Character in Much
228
Perversion and Prolepsis in A
249
Gertrude Stein and Disjunctive Rereading
266
Two Modes of Rereading in the TwentiethCentury
294
Rereading Hypertext
321
Some Thoughts on Rereading
340
Doing Time or How to Reread on a Desert Island
357
Index
367

Spensers Letter
196

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About the author (1998)

David Galef is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

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