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Techniques of Close Reading

Techniques of Close Reading

Second Edition

August 2018 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Techniques of Close Reading, Second Edition helps students gain a deeper understanding of what texts may be saying, whether they are written, oral, visual, or mediated. Renowned scholar and professor Barry Brummett explains and explores the various ways to "read" messages (such as speeches, cartoons, or magazine ads), teaching students how to see deeper levels of meaning and to share those insights with others. Students learn techniques for discovering form, rhetorical tropes, argument, and ideologies within texts.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A new Chapter 6 includes a selection of techniques from each chapter to show students how different techniques may be used together when reading text.
  • A close reading of a group of ads from the insurance company, Liberty Mutual, offers students an opportunity to apply the techniques to recent texts.
Chapter 1. On Noticing What You See and Hear
Being a Reader, Being a Critic

Summary and Looking Ahead

Chapter 2. Theories, Methods, Techniques
Exploring New Territories: Thinking Deductively and Inductively

Starting From the Top, Deductively: Theories and Their Methods

Knowledge, Risk, and Ethics in Theories and Methods

Working With Theories and Methods

Halfway Down, Deductively: Methods and Techniques

Heading Back Up Again, Inductively: From Techniques to Theory

Summary and Looking Ahead

Chapter 3. Using Form for Close Reading



Form and Politics

Summary and Looking Ahead

Chapter 4. Ideology and Argument
Four Questions to Ask About a Text

Putting Our Questions Together: A Brief Example

Three Examples for Close Reading

Summary and Looking Ahead

Chapter 5. Transformations in Texts: Seeing Beneath the Surface




Summary and Looking Ahead

Chapter 6. Close Readings Using Multiple Techniques
The First Inauguration of Barack Obama in a Cartoon

A Group of Ads for Liberty Mutual

Chapter 7. Conclusion
References and Recommended Reading
About the Author

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