January 26, 2006
How To Read Literature Like Professor (19 and 20)
"So what's geography?
In poetry and fiction, it may be mostly people.
Literary geography is typically about humans inhabiting spaces, and at the same time the spaces that inhabit humans."
I never really noticed this about literature when I read it. I would always focus more on the setting of the place then the setting of the person.
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
"It's such a sure way of getting attraction."
I think this line says a lot about Berince and how she feels about herself. It shows her insecurity on not being popular and how she yearns to have that (obviously through this). It shows that she's changing. I see her changing in two ways. One of the ways is that Bernice is letting Marjorie control her. She is so desperate (and I can't think of another word to use lol) to become popular that she follows the advice from Marjorie. The other way I see her changing is for the better. I think when she starts talking to Warren is when she starts getting self confidence. She's pushing herself to change, even if it's something that she does not want to do.
When Bernice cut Marjorie's braids at the very end of the story, that's when I felt that she reached total self confidence. She changed in a matter of days from being reserved and timid to confident and out there. When she tossed the braids on the front porch, I felt that was her revenge and that she was freeing herself of this vacation that she seemed like she didn't want to be at the first place.
January 24, 2006
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
"To me, literature is something much more alive. More like a barrel of eels. When a writer creates a new eel, it wriggles its way into the barrel, muscles a path into the great teeming mass from which it came in the first place. It's a new eel, but it shares its eelness with all those other eels that are in the barrel or have ever been in the barrel."
I thought this section of chapter five was kind of interesting. It makes me think of when a writer writes a new book and it gets on the shelves, it's sitting there with books that have been around for a very long time. Those stories have been written and have been sitting on those shelves for a long time too. They're best-seller books but now they have to compete with the new book sitting on the shelf.
"But the point is this: stories grow out of other stories, poems out of other poems. And they don't have to stick to genre. Poems can learn from plays, songs from novels."
This reminded me of Drama as Literature last semester. There was a lot of connections from plays that we read where authors would take a part of a play that was written before them and change it a little bit but put it into their play.