ENGL100 (WEEK2) 09/16/2013
Office hours: Watson Hall 421: Monday 23, Thursday 2:303:30
WEEK 1 review:
Literary Theory looks at abstract components
Literary criticism looks at objective views.
The red wheelbarrow work is an imitation of the world. There are objects which are sharply represented
although objects are poorly described.
Pragmatic criticism: What really does depend on the red wheelbarrow? Are these objects ordinary or
is there something extraordinary behind them. Defamiliarazation of the ordianary.
Expressive criticism: The author attempts to disengage himself from his poems. Sometimes, when
the author gives you information, it isn’t always useful. Sometimes one has to interpret it yourself.
Objective theories: Poem appears random but it is highly structured as a sonnet. Perfect meter, as
well as breaking lines in significant factors. (24)
(1) is detached from the poem, it is an abstract from the norm. Poem starts from an abstract world into a
concrete world in to a live world.
Basic Methodology: Critical or Active Reading is a process of interpretation and reflection where a reader
constructs meaning , establishing significance and reflect on the limits of your understanding. They are
conscious of their moves and can describe them.
It irecursiv e. A repetitive element where you go deeper and further in to the text.
Identify the text and consider what you expect based on what you know.
Predict your response on the subject
Consider the title and what it means
Read for general content
Read straight without interruption
Mark unfamiliar words or concepts to come back to later.
A stage of understanding. A conceptual assembly of text in a way that is precise and literally accurate.
Understand the content, characters, plot, etc.
Involves the gathering and assembly of evidence that is used for interpretation.
Elements to Note:
Definitions: Search out definition of words
Characters: Identify characters fully
Setting: Physical or geographic. Temporal location. Contexts: Determine nature of the historical, economic and social context. Social standing.
Events: Make a note of what appear to be important moments of the work.
Reference work: Google, do not go to WIKIPEDIA, if you do use it go to the sourced websites. Beware
of crowd knowledge.
Interpretation clears the artistic feature of the literaray work
Process of formulation.
title: Perfect vision. Perfect score.
First sentence: Two main characters are presented and their relationship. You are given setting and
action. Perception is viewed through Bill.
Bill reinforces his judgment of her intelligence.
What does she see? What is her intelligence? He has the perfect vision.
What she sees doesn’t make sense. She is seeing things he doesn’t. She might h