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  • n. Plural form of misreading.


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  • None of these misreadings is very gross in itself, but their cumulative effect is to exaggerate the psychological incoherence of the play.

    Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool

  • Moreover, both authors avowedly bring a literary critic's sensibility to the texts under discussion, whether it's Wheeler's interest in the language of Protestantism's and Catholicism's mutual "misreadings" (xi) or Marotti's in "religious and political language and myth-making" (1).

    The Little Professor:

  • "Get to work on those 'misreadings' of the instruments for one thing, and for a second, and more important, line every IP ship with paraffin blocks six inches thick."

    The Ultimate Weapon

  • The data we got from correlating those 'misreadings' from the various IP posts mean a lot.

    The Ultimate Weapon

  • Do not let his jejune style, his lack of anything remotely approaching logic, his deliberate misreadings, his small army of strawmen, put you off.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • As the art world grows beyond its traditional North American and European boundaries, Smith supporters will also have to stave off discontent over misreadings of the artist's Orientalist-primitivist proclivities.

    G. Roger Denson: Jack Smith and the Aesthetics of Camp in an Era of Political Correctness

  • Lastly, there are such things as misreadings -- that is, analyzes and conclusions about texts that make mistakes about the formal maneuvers.


  • A strong poem, which alone can become canonical for more than a single generation, can be defined as a text that must engender strong misreadings, both as other poems and as literary criticism.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • Texts that have single, reductive, simplistic meanings are themselves already necessarily weak misreadings of anterior texts.

    Principles of Literary Criticism

  • When a strong misreading has demonstrated its fecundity by producing other strong misreadings across several generations, we can and must accept its canonical status.

    Principles of Literary Criticism


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