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Literary Madness

March 02, 2005

My mind has been stuffed chock full of literary goodness this whole semester! Intro to Literary Study has been keepin' me blogging like nobody's business!

We started the semester reading a short story called "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Conner which was quite exciting because I had read a book of O'Connor's short stories over the summer so it was neat to learn more about her. Also, it was super to learn, in the words of my friend, "whether Flannery was a boy name or a girl name."

Our second story was also one I had read previously titled "To Build A Fire" by Jack London. As I'm sitting here looking outside at the snow blustering around, I'm realizing that this story about man (or woman?) vs. nature is definitely a good one to read while you are sitting next to a fire with a steaming mug of hot chocolate:

It is really easy as a human being to get lost in the belief that we are above nature, what with our climate-controlled living environments and fancy schmancy objects like solar panels and flashlights that never die. We forget, easily I think, the fact that like it or nature, nature could easily kick our asses. We walk outside, shiver and think, brrrr it's cold, when in fact, most of us don't know anything about the cold.

Our next story was my favorite: "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster which inspired a massive blog entry - can you say research paper anyone? ;c)

Oh, but we didn't stop with fiction! Oh no! We read poetry by Emily Dickinson, Gerald Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot, (Oh Prufrock!), Coleridge, Donne, and, of course, Shakespeare! We even dabbled in writing our own stories and blank verse poetry using the knowledge we had gained throughout the semester, especially the knowledge about sonnets! William Shakespeare I am not but I sure had fun trying to be. :c)

The last few weeks have focused on Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" which we further examined by reading academic articles discussing Catholic symbolism (or was that pagan?), feminist ideology, new historicists, and anti-new historicists, and contextualization. By far, I must admit, I enjoyed reading the excerpt by Harold Bloom!

The shining star, I believe, of the semester thus far has got to have been "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" by Thomas Foster - a book that has been useful not just in this class but in American Literature and in my personal adventures! GREAT choice, Dr. J!

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