RICHARD L. W. CLARKE


 

 

 

LITS3301 ISSUES IN CRITICISM

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2011-2012

Answer TWO questions in all.

1. Discuss Wayne Booth’s response, in The Rhetoric of Fiction, to the view that the “novel should be realistic, the novelist objective and the reader ignored.”

2. On what grounds, according to Kenneth Burke, should we think of any poem as the “symbolic act of the poet who made it.”

3. Discuss Harold Bloom’s argument in The Anxiety of Influence that

poetic history is indistinguishable from poetic influence, since strong poets make that history by misreading one another, so as to clear imaginative space for themselves.

4. Why, according to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in The Signifying Monkey, should ‘Signifyin(g)’ be thought of as the ‘master trope’ of the African American literary tradition?

5. Hayden White entitles the introduction to his Metahistory, “The Poetics of History.” Why?

6. Discuss Joseph Gusfield’s claim, in “The Literary Rhetoric of Science,” that “scientific documents can be examined as if they were works of art.”

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Believing that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of a law but an interpretive one in search of a meaning. (“Thick Description”)

Explore Geertz’s approach to the study of culture in the light of this quotation.
 


 

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