Even after the upheavals wrought by Theory, literary criticism has generally ignored the act and experience of reading itself, proceeding as though something so fundamental to our experience of texts could be taken for granted. Reading Theories in Contemporary Fiction draws on deconstruction and the thought of Jacques Derrida to explore the ways in which contemporary fiction engages with reading, its power, the elusive nature of its experience and the failures of understanding inherent in it.
Along the way, the book proceeds through close readings of such authors as J. Convert currency.
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It "actually is great for almost everybody as an encouragement to not look outside for the problem and the blame," says Elderkin, "but to see if you can come up with a constructive new energy level. Of course, all these novels speak to far more than just a single topic-- Their Eyes Were Watching God , for instance, is a 20th century masterpiece that has much to say about not just love but also religion, race, feminism and folklore, in addition to being a practically perfect work of art.
But it is exactly because these books are not reducible to a single theme or lesson that readers can get so much out of them.
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A truly great novel, Berthoud says, "gets into your subconscious and actually can change your very psyche from within. The science behind reading for mental health is limited, but researchers like Panero are eager to continue exploring the benefits. Even the greatest novel cannot, by itself, cure clinical depression, erase posttraumatic stress or turn an egomaniac into a self-denying saint. But it might ease a midlife crisis or provide comfort in a time of grief.
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