The Inquiring Reader
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On Reading


“But how could you live and have no story to tell?” -Dostoevsky

On Reading is an ongoing series of articles that investigates and explores the meta, philosophical, and academic aspects of reading and criticism. The goal is to understand what makes a piece of writing good. Is it form? Is it innovation? Is it courage and honesty?

To get to the bottom of these questions, if answerable, this series will attempt to analyze the philosophies of knowledge, interpretation, and honestly who knows what else. We know when we like the writing we like, but do we know why?


This series of articles will be constantly updated. They are intended to be read somewhat chronologically, but not really. Feel free to pick up on any one of them that sparks your interest.

  1. What is an Author?
  2. Hermeneutics - A Method of Reading
  3. The Intentional Fallacy
  4. Principles of Literary Criticism

Main Resources

Articles will be produced while following along to an Open Yale Course about the Theory of Literature and using its textbook as a guide. Although this will be the general point-of-departure, rabit holes and tangents are expected.

1. What is an Author? >>