Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Ex 2: Author Intent 1

Choose either ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' or ''Ode on a Grecian Urn.''

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The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Author

Case 1: The dramatist Harold Pinter was once asked what all his plays were about, and he blurted out "The weasel under the cocktail cabinet." He later said he was amused to find that flippant response being analyzed by critics, because "for me the remark [about the weasel] meant precisely nothing."

Which of these quotes from Pinter would be 100% true?

Case 2: T.S. Eliot wrote desperate, disjointed poetry when he was a young man. While his life had its dramatic points (his fist wife died in a mental institution after spending several years there; he never visited her), he had a happy second marriage, enjoyed considerable literary success, and more people today know his work through the musical Cats (which was based upon his lighter poetry).

Permit me to speculate.

Let us imagine that, after spending many decades in comfort, enjoying the respect and admiration of the literary world, Eliot wrote a few lines that dismiss as insignificant the early poetry that he wrote as a desperate and angry 22-year-old. Would those lines be more or less valid than the opinion of an angry 22-year-old of today who finds the same poem life-changing?

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Keesey, Ch 1 (Introduction)

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Hirsch, ''Objective Interpretation''

In Keesey, Ch 1

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Ex 3: Author Intent 2

Of the four literary texts covered in the textbook, choose one that you did not focus on in Ex 2.

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Watson, ''Are Poems Historical Acts?''

In Keesey, Ch 1

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Austin, ''Toward Resolving Keats's Grecian Urn Ode

In Keesey, Ch 1

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Intertextuality: Arnzen vs. William Carlos Williams

Damned Critic: Arnzen versus William Carlos Williams, Part 2

Michael A. Arnzen, whether he knows or not, has written a poem in the shadow of "The Red Wheelbarrow" and all those other snappy little wonders Williams used to jot on his perscription pad, whiling away the moments between seeing patients as a baby doctor.

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