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January 29, 2007

Potential for Conflict

Keesey, General Introduction -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Without clarity, we seldom think well; without provocation, we seldom think at all" (Keesey 7).

Perhaps this is not a very complex quotation specifically about literary criticism, and maybe it is the future teacher inside me that finds this statement so meaningful, but I believe this highlights the importance of our study of the different types of literary criticism. This course is all about different intellectual approaches to interpreting literature so that we may see both the different ways others have chosen to look at it and how we think it is the best way to look at it. If there was not the potential for conflict that arises from the different approaches, we wouldn't bother to think about it at all. To me, thinking is as essential as breathing. (I'm a dork, I know!)

Posted by LorinSchumacher at January 29, 2007 7:17 PM


I think Keesey's words are right. I am living proof that without provocation, we seldom think at all. In fact, I just seldom think at all.

Posted by: Dave Moio at January 31, 2007 5:52 PM

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