February 19, 2007

Who Knew?

Kolodny, '"A Map for Rereading: Or, Gender and the Interpretation of Literary Texts'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

I was so happy when Kolodny finally mentioned a story that I had read - " A Jury of Her Peers,"

"The recognition in itself, of course, a kind of punishment. With it comes, as well, another recognition. as Mrs. Peters revelas experiences in her own life of analogous isolation, desperate lonliness, and brutality at the hands of a male."

I finally could relate to an author in this Keesey book!! I have read "A Jury of Her Peers" and I remember my exact feelings of how I felt when I learned how Minnie was before she married her husband. I felt bad for her, I sympathized with her. I didn't want her to go to jail. I was happy when her neighbors tried to cover up her actions.

But, as Kolodny pointed out, I somehow was persuaded to feel bad for Minnie, maybe because I'ma woman, but overall, I forgot that she killed her husband. She killed him!! Why didn't she just leave?

I am actually laughing at my stupidity at this point, I can't believe that I felt bad for her. I mean she killed her husband, I feel silly for trying, at one time, to justify her actions. Kolodny did an excellent job getting his point across to me. Now if only every author in the Keesey book would make references to stories that I know, maybe I would learn more, instead of being confused and skipping over those references.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 19, 2007 9:57 PM | TrackBack
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