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By Eric Livingston

A booklet approximately how readers learn and the way critics learn, "An Anthropology of analyzing" items jointly ethnographic descriptions, cultural artifacts, and descriptive analyses to bare literary feedback as its personal tradition of studying. Livingston interleaves discussions of captioned images, easy arithmetical calculations, assessments of analyzing comprehension and so forth with unique readings of poems through T. S. Eliot, Dudley Fitts, Wilfred Owen, and Dylan Thomas, and with interrogations of the feedback approximately those poems.

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A possible inner coherence of a way of reading the text is seen, and the text begins to unfold to its reading, becoming the embodiment of clarity. Experientially, the reading that unfolds is the way in which the text should be read. Rather than the achievement of analysis, the reading appears as an anonymous discovery about reading, available to any competent reader. Therein, that reading also seems eminently teachable: when attention is directed to a few of the text's details, a proper reading becomes obvious.

Thus, the text is read as follows: First there was the lamb on knocking knees and three dead seasons on a climbing grave That Adam's wether in the flock of horns, Butt of the tree-tailed worm that mounted Eve, Horned down with skullfoot and the skull of toes On thunderous pavements in the garden time; This reading is imbued with difficulties. If Thomas is the one who was homed down and is now only one year old, the seventh through tenth lines of the poem lose their descriptiveness of sexual intercourse; they become metaphoric and allegorical.

The actual text of The Waste Land should be at hand here and throughout the rest of this book. Here, the text needs to be consulted to see that the stanza can, in fact, be read in the manner described. Later, critical writings on the same stanza will be exam­ ined, and the text will need to be examined to see, in detail, how the stanza is being read by the literary critic, what the process of "reading" becomes and, therein, to what the activity of "reading" refers for the critical community. Let us begin with the text of The Waste Land before us.

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