January 29, 2007

Connecting the Dots

Keesey, General Introduction -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

To strat off, I absolutely loved the diagram that Keesey included when tried to get his audience to understand and actually visualize the message that he was trying to get through. But Ok, that's besides the point...

"Because Criticism usually involves tge interpretation of a particular literary work, it is logical that the work in question should hold the central place in the diagram."

I chose this because as you have seen the diagram has "Formal Work Criticism" as the center but all of the other boxes are tied together and ALL forms of criticism.

Which makes me think that when I read the article named, "What is Literature" I wrote that I would accept all forms of work and art as literature because who I did not feel that it was right to criticize someones hard work, but now I feel like I should have choose my words more wisely."

Silly me.... thanks Keesey : )

As Keesey states, "every reading is and act of criticism and every reader is a critic." So I would like to detract my previous statement and say, "I would accept all types and forms of someones work as literature, and although I will criticize their work, I will not criticize its worthiness of its category."

Posted by GinaBurgese at January 29, 2007 7:37 PM | TrackBack

I think as humans, we're pretty much built to criticize everything...people, entertainment, media, and writing. Even if we are trying to read something with an empty mind, we're going to pass judegements regardless (un-biased newspapers? ha!). However, who is to say which judgement is correct?

Posted by: Nessa at January 31, 2007 10:40 PM

You have hit many of the key points of Keesey, Gina. I want to propose something to you to thing about. Every critique has its own end of a spectrum. I personally believe that instead of having formalism in the center of the diagram, let's place it on one end, and on the other end is more of a moral/platonic criticism. Taking the moral out of the story is very important because it reflects on the judgments of the audience, as well as the author. I really think you hit the "nail on the head" with what Keesey writes when he says that we are all critics. I think that is something we can take beyond EL312.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at February 1, 2007 12:07 PM
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