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Wanna Get Intertextual?

February 20, 2005

A few things stood out to me from this week's reading of Foster's "How to Read Literature Like A Professor." Other than the implications of disfigurement discussed by Vanessa, I noticed the idea initially proposed by Vladimir Propp in Morphology of the Folktale that the hero of a fairy tale is always *marked* in some way - this is generally in the form of some sort of disfigurement that sets him apart from everyone else. Heck, even my friend's toddler can understand how Harry Potter's scar makes him different!

What I like about this book is that it gives me different things to think about as I read a text. Basically, all my literature classes are *ruining* the fine art of reading a book just for the fun of it! Now, I can help but to analyze EVERYTHING I read for deeper significances and meanings. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, of course, I'm in college to learn stuff, right? It's just interesting how it relates to my life outside of college.

For instance, last week I watched The Terminal starring Tom Hanks. As I watching the movie, I found myself A) analyzing the movie for deeper significances by paying close attention to the details B) comparing the movie to Castaway C) remembering the kickass cultural anthropology class I took last spring at WCCC with Dr. Finn the first week of which consisted of watching Castaway and not a WORD spoken by the professor until the second week of class and D) thinking about how it all tied together! Iiiieee! I had to watch the movie twice!

Foster mentions again my favorite concept of intertextuality. Connections, baby, that's what it's all about. I always try to examine my school work on the level of "how the heck does this relate to my *real* life?" I find that making connections with things I am already familiar with both deepens my understanding of new concepts and broadens my own interpretation of events in my life. I know I'm a dork but: oooh! that's so neat!

And my enthusiasm is contagious: Dear Arts & Humanities Folks, I think I have found us a new recruit! He used to think math and science was the way to go but I've convinced him otherwise! Do I get a prize? See, I knew he was sold when he said, "All I want to do is stay in bed all day and read!" To which I answered, "Um, have you ever considering being an English major?" Aww yeah.

Moira at 06:28 PM :: Comments (2) :: ::

I wanna get intertextual! (kidding!) God, I need some sleep! :'D

Posted by: Evan at February 21, 2005 10:48 PM


Posted by: moira at February 23, 2005 10:43 AM
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