April 23, 2007

Literature, History, Politics, and Confusion

"'Literature' signifies as an element in a system of differences. It is that which is not minor, popular, ephemeral, or trivial, as well as that which is not medicine, economics, history or, of course, politics. 'Literature' designated a value and a category" (Belsey 432).

I must say, I'm a little on the fence about Belsey's "Literature, History, Politics". This seems to be a reoccuring trend among the essays for this week, maybe because I am slowly slipping out of lit crit mode or because the articles are not telling me what I want to hear.

Just to look at the quote, it seems like Belsey is arguing that Literature (I'm capitalizing intentionally here) is just another part of the differences and elements within a culture. While it is not something as easily definable as other elements of a culture, Literature does have its place and can teach and impact a society just as any other item would. Then...Belsey looses me by, and I'm quoting and agreeing with Tiffany here, "... bashing the other forms of literary criticism". Was this an arguement that history and politics are more important or influential than literature? That literature does have meaning without a study of the other two? And is this cultural criticism if you discount all other forms and ideas?

Belsey, ''Literature, History, Politics'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by VanessaKolberg at April 23, 2007 12:45 PM | TrackBack

I don't know why I can't post a comment on the Dock entry, but this is what I was going to say for that:

Is this a cat-fight? I do not think I have ever seen a cat-fight of the blog, but if you do not mind, I would like to add my two cents. I actually recall an article that notices others besides the male white men. Considering race, gender, ethnicity, social class, etc... there is more of an investigation of these issues because of the portrayal of the history of the late 1800's in American society. This is an article that does neither "go anti-feminist" or "feminist," it is simply presenting a part of society that caused a massive struggle of an "individual." That is just my interpretation, but either way, have fun with the cat-fight.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at April 26, 2007 4:15 PM
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