April 18, 2007

Dock and Friends: Show Me the Struggle

Dock, '''But One Expects That': Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and the Shifting Light of Scholarship'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"It seems inevitable that critics seeking recognition for previously ignored, forgotten, or suppressed individuals or groups -- women, gay men and lesbians, writers of color, to name a few -- should channel their energies single-mindedly toward a compelling political struggle" (Dock 480).

Now I finally understand a deeper meaning behind new historicism and the conventions of finding an ideological understanding in literature. Through a portrayal of a struggle between race, gender, political issues, etc... the author can display a struggle that occurs in the literature, and show the depth of these issues, rather than simply telling the issues. Gilman showed the struggle of a female, along with issue concerning male dominance, and bad medicinal methods through portraying a character that absolutely loses her minds by the bars she was trapped behind. There is more of an investigation of these issues because of the portrayal of an ACCURATE history of the late 1800's in American society. In my opinion, I really think that creating a symbolic representation of the issues is important, but when the historical issues are shown literally, rather than figuratively, I think more can be seen behind the history and politics behind the literature itself.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at April 18, 2007 4:15 PM
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