April 10, 2007

A nod to the psychological

I am continually amazed at how some of the theories seem to blur the lines of distinction when it comes to choosing a theory. While i will admit that I found most of Miko's essay to be in the poststructural category (I think), I was interested to see how a little bit of psychology slid into the essay as well. Miko paraphrases E. E. Stoll's assessment of Caliban:

E. E. Stoll has with particular relish laid out the psychology of the "brute," who loves his sensual pleasures and is more amoral than immoral, and who may be allowed an imagination - must be allowed one, if we refuse to dismiss his lyrical speech on dream-inducing music...as out of character.

I was actually excited to see that these lines had blurred. In a conversation I had with Dr. A he said that psychology was a good spring board to poststructuralism. Until reading the above passage I couldn't see how. From what I understand, through psychology Miko is trying to show his readers the deconstruction of Caliban's character. I actually wish that he had gone deeper into this idea. I think that it would be interesting to deconstruct Caliban's psyche to see what Shakespeare intended in his character. Or is that too many blending of lines?

Miko, ''Tempest'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at April 10, 2007 1:33 AM | TrackBack
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