Literature and History = A Common Theme

"If, for example, you want to open the "canon" to previously marginalized works, you will find it useful to deconstruct the binary opposition of center and margin and to subject the process of canon formation to a demystifying analysis that will show all claims for literary calue to be historically contingent" (Keesey 415).

So, is it true, if we wanted to deconstruct The Yellow Wallpaper, then we would begin with history? Does the narrator's sickness show how we must look at history in order to determine why she becomes mad?

These are just some questions to think about because if we look to history when studying literature, then we may miss other types of views. History is, of course, one way of looking at a text, but there are many others that include political, economic, and religion. Or are these included in history? hmmm...

We may not have a definition for post-structuralism just as we do not have a definition for literature and how to study it. We must use our own critical lense to determine what we believe the author was intending and how to study it.

On the other hand, if we deconstruct literature every time we read it, then we may never get to a meaning or possible conclusion. Deconstruction leads to new ideas and concepts, but it may not solve the question of why does the narrator's sickness worsen.

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