March 27, 2007

Is Keesey trying to kill me?

Ok. I know that this title is something that really isn't true, but that is how I felt. The reason behind the lateness of this, and the following two blogs, is that I simply didn't understand the introduction to this chapter. I know that this is no excuse, but I was honestly confused. I even reread several times trying to understand. I think that I might have some semblance of a handle on it now, but that only came after many headaches and a lot of Mountain Dew. Oh! And after reading this for the 10,000th time:


Poststructuralism is sometimes simply another name for deconstruction, but even in this restricted sense it is potentially confusing...Authors and readers may be less in control than they imagine, but the system...remains always in place to stabilize meanting. It is exactly this stability that the deconstructive critique of structure destabilizes.

That is when I realized that it was ok to be confused.

Once I realized that I was able to step back and look at things a little bit clearer. I think what threw me off at first was the opening of this introduction. I was so confused as to why he was recapping (still am actually) all of the other techniques that we have looked at so far. I think that it was to show how you can break apart all of their arguments, but I'm not 100% sure. If someone would like to fill me in on that I would be appreciative.

By the time I had reread the above passage about 5 times the end of the intro made a bit more sense to me. I could see why Karissa (I took a quick peek at everyone's quotes before I finally sat down to write this) used the description that comes after the passage that I have quoted. It makes sense to see how postmonderism and deconstruction can fit together. Both are used for looking at something in a different manner and both are applied to different genres as well. It seems as if maybe one spawned the other, it is just that two different people coined a different term. Something to think about for sure.

Keesey, Ch 6 (Introduction) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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