Well, look, it’s Christmas Eve, and I haven’t got a lot for you today. So how about a short recap … Continue reading Deconstruction: A Literary Theory
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Since the 1930s Formalism has positioned literary art as independent of author, era, and even possibly meaning. It promises that … Continue reading To the Guy in My MFA Class* Who Believes Art “Has Nothing to Do with Race”
I first read James Wood’s How Fiction Works nearly ten years ago, shortly after it was published. And it hasn’t aged well. … Continue reading When Literary Criticism Doesn’t Work
So I’m on Week 6 of my literary theory class, and I’ve discovered that I actually like it. Like literature … Continue reading Ways of Reading: Part II
I started my first MFA class with a pretty clear idea of how things were going to go. Literary theory. … Continue reading Ways of Reading: Part I
Different institutions give it various names. Narrative Strategies. Textual Strategies. Literary Theory. Readers and Writers. But whatever you call it, … Continue reading The MFA Class No One Likes