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April 23, 2007

It's all an allusion...or is it?

Belsey, ''Literature, History, Politics'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Illusion--the ordinary ideological experience of men--is the material on which the writer goes to work; but in working on it he transforms it into something different, lends it a shape and structure." (425)

I love that we get the chance to act as potter's at the wheel and take material we already have and put a new spin to it. It gives so much more hope than just settling for ideologies smushed into literature. We are tired of Gerber and want some real sustenance? Sure, so we re-vamp the old and while it's not always concrete images or a tasty treat, we get a chance to use the culture we already have to expand.

Posted by ErinWaite at April 23, 2007 9:06 PM


I like your "we get a chance to use the culture we already have to expand". Exactly! Take what we already know and have, add some of the past and their theories, and mix it together with the literature. We just have to be careful we don't have too much of one or the other- it ruins the dish (why all the food analogies? :) )

Posted by: Nessa at April 23, 2007 9:52 PM

We must be hungry!

Posted by: Erin at April 24, 2007 12:06 PM

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