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Author: David Kirby
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In What Is a Book? David Kirby addresses the making and consuming of literature by redefining the four components of the act of reading: writer, reader, critic, and book. He discusses his students, his work, and his practice as a teacher, writer, critic, and reader, and positions his theories and opinions as products of "real" life as much as academic exercise. Among the ideas animating the book are Kirby's beliefs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Kirby
ISBN: 0820324418 9780820324418 0820324787 9780820324784
OCLC Number: 48967798
Description: xvii, 221 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: What is a reader? --
What is a writer? --
Breakfast with the Cumaean sibyl, or, A poet's education --
Don't know much about history : sameness versus originality in poetry --
Is there a Southern poetry? --
Poet as pitchman : James Dickey, American poet --
Emerson, Poe, and American criticism in the nineteenth century --
Slouching toward Baltimore : twentieth-century literary criticism --
What is a critic? --
Mr. Post-everything : the life and times of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch --
"Thing you can't explain" : theory and the unconscious --
Reviewers in the popular press and their impact on the novel --
M.L. Rosenthal and our life in poetry --
Ghosts and gadabouts : gothic and picaresque in the American novel --
Born in the marketplace : the emergence of the American novel --
It isn't about America, it is America : Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn --
What is a book?
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<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/books_and_reading<\/a>> # Books and reading<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Books and reading<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/buch<\/a>> # Buch<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Buch<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/criticism<\/a>> # Criticism<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Criticism<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/leser<\/a>> # Leser<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Leser<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/leseverhalten<\/a>> # Leseverhalten<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Leseverhalten<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1017010#Topic\/literatur<\/a>> # Literatur<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Literatur<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/id.loc.gov\/authorities\/subjects\/sh85015759<\/a>> # Books and reading--United States<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"Books and reading--United States<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/102379161<\/a>> # David Kirby<\/span>\n\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:birthDate<\/a> \"1944<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:familyName<\/a> \"Kirby<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:givenName<\/a> \"David<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:name<\/a> \"David Kirby<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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<http:\/\/worldcat.org\/isbn\/9780820324784<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a \nschema:ProductModel<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"0820324787<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\nschema:isbn<\/a> \"9780820324784<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.\n\n\n<\/div>\n
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