October 11, 2007

The Science of Studying Literature

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'"
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

The science behind studying literature follows the scientific method, just like all areas of science do. The science in the case of Literature is more metaphorical, like a vast amount of Literature is. What I've compiled here is my metaphorical lab report.

A through science experiment covers all the bases, as I've done here. (Coverage)

  • The Way Things Are. Go Structure. - Edgar V. Roberts, Writing About Literature
  • Our Daily Bread - Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Idea Searching: Much Like Soul Searching, But Not. - Edgar V. Roberts, Writing About Literature
  • Natural Born Tendencies - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • Harsh Temper - Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

    One of the best ways to ensure the subject doesn't go stale is to experiment when the moment is right. (Coverage and Timeliness)

  • "A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" - Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman
  • Claudius, King of the Backbone? Not So Much. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    Lab work is sometimes lonely, but I've been fortunate enough to have others interested enough in my work to do some of it for me. (Discussion)

  • Claudius, King of the Backbone? Not So Much. - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    No true experiment would be complete without attempting to draw others interest in. (Interaction)

  • Idea Searching: Much Like Soul Searching, But Not. - Edgar V. Roberts, Writing About Literature

    Analysis has its advantages as well. (Depth)

  • "A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary" - Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman

    Sometimes it helps to throw a little of your own personal flair into the mix. (Blog Carnival and Wildcard)

  • Academic Writing and "Fun" Writing (Blog Carnival)
  • Who Deems it Academic? (Wildcard)

    Science learns from others, as does the analysis of Literature. I've attempted to snatch up learning where I can. (Xenoblogging)

    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  • The Sick Genius Known As Hamlet - Kevin Hinton (Informative)
  • Methodical Madness - Jennifer Prex (Primo)
  • Call Me Crazy?????........ - Daniella Choynowski (Primo)

    Edgar V. Roberts, Writing About Literature

  • "To be or not to be..." - Jennifer Prex (Primo)
  • Boooooooooo, I'm a ghost.....and I may or may not be lying - Daniella Choynowski (Gracious)
  • The Keys to the Gate - Kevin Hinton (Grande)

    Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

  • Dumb and Dumberer: when Rozy met Guildy - Daniella Choynowski (Grande)
  • Wait... Who am I? - Jennifer Prex (Primo)
  • "Give Us This Day, Our Daily Mask" - Kevin Hinton (Gracious)

    Edgar V. Roberts, Writing About Literature

  • "Carefree" - Jennifer Prex
  • "Purposely Clueless" - Daniella Choynowski

    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • Becoming Jane - Daniella Choynowski (Grande)
  • Different Outlooks - Jennifer Prex (Grande)
  • Must Keep In Good Health - Kevin Hinton

    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • This Sounds Familiar - Jennifer Prex (Primo)
  • To Forgive and Forget - Kevin Hinton (Grande)

    Hopefully my experiment with science has benefited more than just me.

    Posted by Diana Geleskie at October 11, 2007 1:00 PM | TrackBack
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