April 10, 2007

Full of assumptions

I'm probably getting this very wrong, but when I read the article written by Feldstein I found it full of assumptions. The general use of poststructuralism was there, but after that there were many guesses made at what could have happened after the last period. For instance:

After he is revived, would he characterize her ritual as one of the Narrator's many fixations with the wall-paper or with the women in it? if he did so, John's condemnation would not dissuade the narrator from recognizing that he exhibits his own fixations, especially the claim to a definitive diagnosis of her case, articulated with a fixed certainty that feigns objectivity while denying the countertransference.

Now my question is...If at the beginning of the essay Feldstein is trying to reconcile the different uses of wall paper in the story, what does speculating and making assumptions about what happened afterwards help in the argument?

I know that I am probably really far off base here, but it was a nagging question in my mind from the moment these assumptions began. I know that they probably have some sort of relavance that I'm not seeing (and if so someone please feel free to point them out), but all I could think about was the discussion that we had at the beginning of the semester about not trying to find solutions where none can be found.

On the other hand, I found the idea that the narrator writing a memoir instead of a journal interesting. While I'm not sure that I agree with this idea 100% the idea does have some merit. I will be interested to see what other people think.

Feldstein, ''Reader, Text, and Ambiguous Referentiality in 'The Yellow Wallpaper''' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 10, 2007 1:55 AM | TrackBack

I think that speculation is not always good for an argument, unless it is a poststructural argument. I think that it is interesting to note that speculating is not the term I would use, as much as interpretation. Feldstein is definitely interpreting possible endings, which is really what we should be doing. At the same time, she is being a poststructuralist, saying that the ambiguity of the ending is what is causing these different solutions to the overall question Gilman is presenting: What is the meaning to the end of the story?

Posted by: Jason Pugh at April 12, 2007 5:16 PM
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