February 19, 2007

Writing Styles

McDonald, ''Reading The Tempest'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

McDonald's essay describes different ways to look at the text of The Tempest

"Moreover, the style and form of The Tempest engage the audience textually with the same issues of control and mastery- the problem of power-that are brought into sharp focus by considerations of historical content."

As I was reading McDonald's essay, I couldn't help but realize that Iser had said that there was a type of reader who focused on the real and the historical, which is similar to what McDonald is saying.

McDonald mainly focuses on the style of the text and the repitition which Shakespeare uses throughout The Tempest. He then tries to explain the signifigance of Shakespeare's style and how the reader should then apply it to the text.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 19, 2007 3:43 PM | TrackBack

Nice connection to Iser with the McDonald essay! I was thinking something like that, too.

Personally, I think that McDonald might be in love with Shakespeare and just likes to praise him a bunch--all this talk about mastery, etc. Just kidding... I really liked that McDonald focused on something entirely different than the other critics we're read so far--it's not history, apostrophes, or the author.

Posted by: Karissa at February 19, 2007 5:01 PM
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