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Beth Anne Swartzwelder Dr. Dennis Jerz Literary Criticism 1 May 2013 I, Literary Critic: Why Doing Literary Criticism is the Only Way             As a newly established literary critic, I would say that my engagement with literature has absolutely skyrocketed. When I began this course, I was more focused on the close reading of texts […]

In the final section of our Literary Criticism course we have really come full circle. We have finally developed our term papers and even drafted some for a proposal. As a class we have determined what it means to be a literary critic and now it is just time for us to “show off” and […]

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“It emphasizes the ‘specificity’ and ‘peculiarity’ of the literary text, seeking dialogue with it rather than mastery over it, and seeing the text as part of an on-going debate, within itself and with its readers, rather than viewing it as representative of a fixed position, or as the pre-determined expression of socially conservative views.” (Barry, […]

“So the action advances through a contest of stories, and the conditions of plausibility are therefore crucial–they determine which stories will be believed. Brabantio’s case is that Othello must have enchanted Desdemona–anything else is implausible…To make this case, he depends on the plausibility, to the Senate, of the notion that Blacks are inferior outsiders” (Sinfield […]

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“Perhaps, too, we should abandon a whole tradition that allows us to imagine that knowledge can exist only where the power relations are suspended and that knowledge can develop only outside its injunctions, its demands, and its interests.” (Foucault 550) My original intentions were to utilize this essay, “Discipline and Punish” by Michel Foucault, for […]

“How did we arrive at this acceptance of ‘the fatalistic logic of the unassailable position of English in our literature’, in our culture and in our politics? What was the route from the Berlin of 1884 via the Makerere of 1962 to what is still the prevailing and dominant logic a hundred years later? How […]

“Influenced at once by Foucauldian and Marxist theories of history, the New Historian focuses on issues of power–with a particular interest in the ways in which power is maintained by unofficial means such as the theatricality of royal display in the Court.” (RR 506) The many historicisms have confused me throughout this course because they […]

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“Her collars and cuffs were white organdy trimmed with lace and at her neckline she had pinned a purple spray of cloth violets containing a sachet. In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” I actually read this story in another English […]

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“The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody’s meat. She laughed at him full in the face, she ripped off his shirt for him and flung it into the fire, in the fiery wake of her own discarded clothing. The flames danced like dead souls on Walpurgisnacht and the old bones under the […]

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“Each presents itself as a principled institutionalization of equality: the law, the media, and education all claim, loudly and often, to treat all individuals equally and fairly. The fact that the norms used to define equality and fairness are those derived from the interests of the white, male, middle classes is more or less adequately […]