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text 2015-08-04 22:34
Reading progress update: I've read 25 out of 297 pages.
Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature - David H. Richter

It's kind of freaking me out how on-the-nose this book is about today's literary academia and culture wars. It was published in 1994, and yet the introductory chapters sound like they were written yesterday- even down to the mention of emerging out of a recession. I know it's just the fact that the arguments this book is addressing are long-game arguments; they are not things that will change overnight, or even necessarily in a generation. Still, it's a little eerie.

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text 2015-08-04 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 297 pages.
Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature - David H. Richter

This edition was published over 20 years ago, but the arguments presented in the introduction are the same we are having now. I wonder if the rest of the content will hold up in the same way. And I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

 

I'm fascinated by the idea that conservatives are still hung up on the idea that students are "radicalized" from the top down- by charismatic radical teachers- when Tumblr and Twitter have now proven otherwise.

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url 2014-09-21 22:22
LonCon3 #27: There Are No New Stories, But…

Panellists: John Hornor JacobsLaura LamPierre PevelJon WallaceKari Sperring
originality is dead or is it it?

What are some of the characters and narratives we’ve seen enough of? Is it time for the assassin with the heart of gold to take a break? Should the farmer keep farming and stop exchanging his rake for a broadsword? Could the squabbling will-they-won’t-they couple just get a room already? More generally, why are tropes used, and what are their structural, stylistic and political implications?

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Source: literaryames.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/loncon3-27-there-are-no-new-stories-but
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review 2013-10-21 16:33
Literary Theory: An Introduction - Terry Eagleton
Literary Theory: An Introduction - Terry Eagleton

This is a really useful introduction to the myriad worlds of literary theory. It makes Derrida, Saussure, Freud and all those other scourges of an English student's life sound not only readable, but actually interesting! And for all those English students who, like me, are suffering an existential crisis over what the point of English actually is, this may go some way to solving it. Possibly not all the way, but something's better than nothing, right?

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review 2012-08-28 00:00
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction - Jonathan Culler Very helpful
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