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Unformatted text preview: 140A 9/28/09 Business o Edification o Mind-bendingly complicatedthree different purposes. Writers who are inventing new ideas, didnt exist before and have never been articulated. The effect of that is that the words they do choose can be digressionary, convoluted, extremely abstract and full of jargon and terminology. Not concerned with the style of their prose, writing for an exclusive group of people with convoluted thought processes too. Literature is specialized as well. Methods class . a lot of it is philosophy. Ideas. o Jim carey and brian koning o Read Billy Budd by midterm. o Keep a list of terms o Paper due at the end of the quarter but its complicated, three parts. o Literature, criticism about the literature, and theory which is an abstract set of ideas about literature and how it works. o First half of the class is chronologicalsurvey of thinking about literature. Second half is organized conceptually, focusing on three dominant theoretical modes of the 20 th century: (Marxism/later Marxism), structuralism/post-structuralism, Freud/psycholanalysis. These three schools of thought and the responses to them. Where theory goes beyond those three distinctions. Feminism, post- colonialism. o Western canon. DWM, haha. o These thinkers follow one on the other. o Purpose of the class: fluency in the ideas that have shaped our understanding of literature. Given moments of history when whatever youre reading was written. Expand the ways in which we read literature and the reasons that we might read it. Weve all been taught to read in new criticism, close reading. Myriad of other ways to read literature. Clarify many assumptions that people make when they read literature and talk to you about it. Reveal the theoretical biases and assumptions. Motivated by this set of assumptions. Understand your professors and professors talking about literature better. o May be the hardest reading of your life. o Texts themselves: o Methods. Show you how to be a scholar of literature. o Tips/advice: o Read things more than onceshorter readings, longer time. read it again . o Take notes while you read, or youll lose your thoughts. Bye byeeee. o Jam-packed with evidence and digressions. Tell the difference between the ideas and the evidence. Ask what part is important and what is not important. Ideas are topic sentences, come first. o Vocabulary wordsfootnotes and italicized words are a hint to the weight of a work o M.H. Abrams, glossary of literary terms (PN41.A184) o Oxford dictionary of philosophy o Take these authors on their own terms. They are smarter than you are. Understand what Take these authors on their own terms....
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course ENG 140A taught by Professor Mitchumhuehls during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
- Spring '08
- Literary Criticism