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
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.”
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