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April 9, 2007

thick descriptions

Keesey, Ch 7 (Introduction) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Marxist critics have been opposed to New Historical practices of "thick descriptions". They are historically disabling, supposively.

One point made was that these descriptions of links between the most disparate elements in a society may imply power relationships at once so intricate and so agentless as to render futile any attempts to change them (414).

Also, the "thick descriptions" are like snapshots or stills that present a detailed picture of a society at a point in time but that offer no way to move from one time frame to another (414).

Marxist critics explain that this practice has no way to explain changes from one period to another and that its not really historical. There are inescapable biases that hinder our perception and recognition of a work historical.

Posted by Denamarie at April 9, 2007 8:25 PM

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