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April 6, 2007

Guetti’s got guts

Guetti, ''Resisting the Aesthetic'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)
“And I would argue that what gives the urn its special status for Keats is precisely this problem: that the urn matters to Keats because of his ignorance about it.” (386).

Guetti terrors apart De Man with gusto than graciously (or with gile) uses his words to back up her own points. She’s got balls more so than guts, but I was trying to go along with the alliteration thing. I must say I skimmed through a lot on this one, but her argument on Keats I found brilliant enough that I ignored everything else (I know, bad form!). She is right in that it’s become a “sacred cow” in every class I’ve ever been in (with the exception of math, but wait, we may have discussed dimensions) at Seton Hill we have beat this cow to death. What is so lovely about this is that Guetti explains quite vividly that we are all sucked in because we are ignorant. We pull all of our tools out of our heavy lit-crit toolbelt only to find that someone is going to have a totally different opinion that reminds us that we have no idea what we are talking about. This is the whole point of rhetoric, I suppose: trying to break through our ignorance by interpreting signs that are better left to the imagination, but still necessary to become less ignorant along the way.

Posted by ErinWaite at April 6, 2007 11:38 AM


Guetti might as well called de Man out in a boxing match.

Maybe you should be referee.

She disagreed heavily on what de Man and a lot of Lit Critic's approach to the lovable Keats poem. You know the rhetorical questions that Keats asked in the poem. Guetti believes that we should take that literally. I don't see this being a problem. You can learn a lot more if you just sit down and think about it for a second. Do I have something going here, Erin?

Posted by: Kevin "Kelo The Great" Hinton at April 8, 2007 11:22 PM

What do you think I have going Mr. Hinton?

Posted by: Erin at April 10, 2007 12:00 PM

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