January 29, 2007

Listen to your Instincts

Melville, ''Benito Cereno'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Master wouldn't part with Babo for a thuosdan doubloons," murmured the black, overhearing the offer, and taking in earnest, and with the strange vanity of a faithful slave, appreciated by his master, scorning to hear so paltry a valuation put upon him by a stranger. But Don Benito, apparently hardly yet completely restored, and again interrupted by his cough, made but some broken reply."

This story was very difficult to read, not only because it was incredibly boring, but because I wanted to just shake Don Benito and make him trust and take action on his instincts. Its fine that he ignored his first suspicions, but to go through the whole story and ignore them!!!

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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."

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Stop Asking!

Eagleton, ''Introduction: What is Literature?'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

This question is not supposed to be answered because of the consequences that will follow. The reason being because there is not one, concrete answer that everyone will agree on and approve. And along with people not agreeing, people get extremely defensive and sensitive when someone dares to say that their works, such as the Superman comic, is not Literature.

As the article states, "If literature is 'creative' or 'imaginative' writing, does that imply that history, philosophy and natural science are uncreative and unimaginable?" We have no right to judge or exclude some writings from get the title "Literature".

When I took the course, Videogamming, a similar question arose - why are videogames not accepted in the art/literature society?
It's an extremely sensitive subject and I think that we, as critics, have any right to downplay someone's works because they are not socially accepted. To me, it's unfair and unacceptable. If it was up to me, any work done, whether I agree or disagree, would be classified as "Literature".

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"Man Makes Himself"

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)


This word interested me because I have some friends who belive in this "idea" and I never truly understood what they belived in. Murfin and Ray summed it up perfectly - "Existentialists concern themselves with humanity's very being, with its perpetual, angusihed struggle to exist."

Existentialists need to find their OWN purpose and meaning of life, which can be very positive but it can make someone feel even more neglected and alienated than previously.

Existentialists works "tend to stress the alienation of individuals as well as their essential - and inescapable - loneliness and uncertainty." After reading their tendencies they seem like pretty depressing people, who have a chance of really understanding their purpose, but a greater chance of becoming extremely depressed.

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Enjoy It

Elliot, ''Tradition and the Individual Talent'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"The poet has, not a "personality" to express, but a particular medium, which is only a medium and not a personality, in which impressions and experiences combine in peculiar and unexpected ways".

To me, this quote helps me gain an insight into the message that Elliot is trying to send. When someone has an idea, they should begin their work with their original idea in the back of their mind. As their work is being completed, they should allow themselves to explore and if a different idea or concept arises, embrace it because it will have a different way of expressing your personality, one which happened unintentionally.

Sometimes if you try to hard to achieve a certain goal, somewhere in the process, you loose your reasoning. You forget its importance and purpose. As readers, painters, writers, we all should be open to new ideas and concepts, because there is nothing sadder than an incompleted idea.

Basically, everyone can relate to this article. The experiences that we go through, help form our ideas and concepts. Use those to live life, but do not make your experinces shape who you will be in the future.

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