April 7, 2007

Kessey, My Wise Friend

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

Well, I was pretty impressed with the way Keesey acknowledged that most of the theories that he mentioned and explained, in some form were similar to each one he discussed. That fact that he realized the theories were similiar made me trust his opinions and it allowed me to open up to the other theories and ideas that he mentioned.

"This turn to history, then, includes, a large and diverse group of critics. But they share several concerns, and often the things that untie them are the things they have taken over from formalism, structuralism, and postructuralism...They agree that no text can offer a transparent window to historical fact." (410)

After reading Keesey's introduction, I felt that he somehow linked every theory that we have learned about and all tied them together, trying to explain that we can get a deeper understanding by learning and taking from the previous theories. And this is why, I finally learned to like Keesey because he finally made sense.

Posted by GinaBurgese at April 7, 2007 7:42 PM | TrackBack

This appears to be a cultural criticism wrapped in a mimetic wrapping paper. Understanding that the importance of the literature is staying true to realistic problems that actually occurred in the society is a necessary convention for this type of criticism. I am still slightly skeptical that everything wraps up all together, but I do believe that there is an association. I'm glad that you gave Keesey some hope for a change, because he does know what he talking about, and this type of cultural criticism is going to be very interesting to learn about.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at April 12, 2007 5:20 PM
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