Student Presentations = Success

In the middle of March, Angela gave a presentation on "The Uses of Psychology" by Paris. She discued how mimetic criticism relates to real world events and how psychological criticism can result in a meaning that is deeper than what appears on the surface.

Another interesting presentation that I learned a lot of information from was called ''Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences'' by Derrida. Ellen described how desconstruction is a very improtant aspect of literary criticism. A reader can take a structure or object and make it ahve one meaning based on specific evidence in a text or article. As critics, we can take the tools of the past and transform them into current learning which will result in new criticism of the future.

A third presentation called ''Reader, Text, and Ambiguous Referentiality in 'The Yellow Wallpaper''' by Feldstein was presented by Bethany. She re-introduced the class to how a text can have ambiguous situations whether in its language or phrases. Specifically, The Yellow Wallpaper has many ambiguous phrases because of how the narrator sees the wallpaper. Bethany also went into detail about how Gilman uses the word "wallpaper." There are instances that the reader is presented with the word and a hyphen and other instances that the word has a space in it. Which is the right way, Bethany asked. Well, as critics we may never know that answer, but we can use our learned knowledge to generate a thoughtful response that is supported with evidence.

The last presentation called ''Literature, History, Politics'' by Belsey was presented by Katie. This presentation began with a very interesting hook. Katie divided the class into two sections and favored one side more than the other. This type of introduction introduced the class into how one meaning is only one meaning to a text. Katie, then began talking about quotes from the text talked about how literature, history, and politics are all combined. Without these three concepts how can we have literature? It is through the information of the past that create new literature.

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