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April 23, 2007

Show, don't tell

Barker and Hulme, ''Nymphs and Reapers Heavily Vanish'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Instead of having meaning, statements should be seen as performative of meaning; not as possessing some portable and "universal" content..." (445)

I really liked David's presentation because Bono's lyrics don't just tell, but rather show. For instance, he may not talk directly about Christ, but he gives us a striking metaphor. To truly understand the metaphor it has to be apart of our culture and if not, we have to find a way to make it so. While I know this reading was on Shakespeare, it's message seems the same in that works are based on "natural language of the age." (445)

Posted by ErinWaite at April 23, 2007 9:28 PM


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