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Could close reading save the world?

New criticism. Close reading. Explication. Annotation. Call it what you will, but most anyone who has ever been a middle- and high-school student has done at least one of these in an English class at some point. The teacher handed out a poem or a story, probably double-spaced, and told the students to write all over it, to underline and comment on the literary devices, to makes notes on thematic passages, to dissect it like a frog in the lab and examine the working parts. You might have even written a paper… Read more Could close reading save the world?