March 26, 2007

Wright's Right

"The question naturally arises why we should bother ourselves....that has produced the text from which we can generate a wealth of meanings" (Wright 399) The entire paragraph.

Finally! It's everything I've been talking about for a year! (Or at least awhile now). Wright's "The New Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism" helps to resolve some of my "issues" with literary criticism. I often complain that with all the anaysis we are doing, how can we or anyone ever really know what is "right" or what the author really intended. With all the different forms of literary criticisms, some of it just seems a bit contrived in order to fulfill the requirement of the criticism- to get something that wasn't there in the first place.

I also feel that sometimes with criticism, we are reading a bit too much into things...placing meaning where there originally was not any. (Not with everything, mind you. Some symbols are devestatingly obvious) You think Shakespeare intended for his pieces to be deconstructed and such meaning to be taken from them? Precisely what Wright hits on. Sure, the authors may have never initially intended to put such meaning into a work, but it came out subconciously whether the like it or not. Exploring their words helps the reader and the writer to find connections that neither may have thought existed. Sure, I still have some gripes (I really want a literary critic to take a look at some of my stories and tell me what they see- that would be funny) but at least one critic admits that some of it may sound far-fetched, and that's ok.

Wright, ''The New Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by VanessaKolberg at March 26, 2007 8:36 PM | TrackBack
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Haha, glad you found a partner in crime, Vanessa. Awesome.

I loved when Wright talked about not being able to forecast meaning into the future. (I talked about this on my blog, if you're interested ;) When we "read meaning into" a text, we're doing just that--we're putting meaning where it wasn't before (kind of like you said!). It all makes sense now, and we have Wright on our side, valiant literary critic and leader of the movement against mutilated texts on behalf of meaning! (Oh, I'm really trying to restrain myself...)

Posted by: Karissa at March 29, 2007 2:46 PM

Haha, glad you found a partner in crime, Vanessa. Awesome.

I loved when Wright talked about not being able to forecast meaning into the future. (I talked about this on my blog, if you're interested ;) When we "read meaning into" a text, we're doing just that--we're putting meaning where it wasn't before (kind of like you said!). It all makes sense now, and we have Wright on our side, valiant literary critic and leader of the movement against mutilated texts on behalf of meaning! (Oh, I'm really trying to restrain myself...)

Posted by: Karissa at March 29, 2007 2:48 PM

Oh crap, it posted twice. It told me it couldn't post it so it did it again. Sorry ><

Posted by: Karissa at March 29, 2007 2:51 PM
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