Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm back in school, with a little less enthusiasm than is typical for me when a class has just started. This class is a requirement for English majors. "Critical Approaches to Literature" sounds reasonable, right? I can be quite critical, and why should I not apply this quality to my approach to literature? It's really not that straightforward, though. I once complained about a class on the American novel that I was all for reading novels, but not when I don't get to choose the novels, and not when I have to write about them in addition to reading them. So the fact that I didn't anticipate that there'd be more to this whole thing than just reading the assigned literary works and then offering my own critical analysis is evidence that I don't always learn the first time. The critical essays have to be from a specific perspective, too. I'm not really sure yet how one analyzes Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from a Marxist perspective, but I guess I'm about to find out. I'll let you know how it goes, comrades.