From my understanding of macroanalysis, it is corresponding to the study of economics. “Macroeconomics, however, is about the study of the entire economy.” (24) It is very closely related to close reading and critical thinking. The only difference is, close readings can be given by anyone who is reading, whereas a close reading in macroanalysis, is given only by someone who has a familiar background on the that particular field. This is known as a “macroreading”. It seems to be more of a hypothesis than a fact. It seems as if it is taking a similar approach to new criticism, in that it closely studies how language is used as a function for containing the aesthetic object within the text.
The only concern I have involving close readings of certain author’s writings is that it may be going into such deep detail that it seems like it may be over doing it. For example, it says that John Burrow studies the words the and of within authors writing to show the stylistic aspect of their writing. However, I don’t think such small words should reflect a person’s entire stylistic flow. Words such as the and of are words that are pretty much impossible to go without using. I know that as small as they are, they carry huge weight, but not to the point where they need to be so closely examined. (26)
It also speaks on the advantages of computers in helping Burrow more closely look at these forms of writing in deeper context. I’m still not entirely sure how doing this helps us find the historical context within a text, find common patterns, trends, traditions, gender influence, or evolution just by words so small and easily ignored. Even the definition of the word “the” states that it is common knowledge. “denoting one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to be common knowledge.” It’s almost impossible to go without using it. Even as I looked it up, I typed the word multiple times. “What is THE definition of THE word “THE”? It’s simply a word in which needs to be there in order for other words to flow in a way that makes sense. I’d like to look into this further because as of right now, it’s still a little baffling, yet interesting.