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Approaching Critical Theory

by: Maggie Muzi

Approaching Critical Theory Accel Comp II

Maggie Muzi

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These notes are over the first reading & lecture in Daniel Austin's Accelerated Comp 2 class.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Maggie Muzi on Monday August 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Accel Comp II at Mississippi State University taught by Daniel Austin in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Accelerated Comp II in ENGLISH (ENG) at Mississippi State University.

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Date Created: 08/22/16
 Approaching Critical Theory o Analysis and arguments  Analyzing – reading in depth  Breaking things down to figure out how it works  Find better understanding  Makes interpretation easier o Be able to back up a claim  To begin analyzing (a car)  Look at the overall appearance  Look at the engine: main component but relies on gas, pistons, etc.  Key is needed to make the car run  Gas moved to the engine (system in itself that has its own components)  Breaking things down into smaller chunks makes analysis much easier  Analyzing literature  Pieces of literature often have multiple meanings  We can’t just read a piece of literature and ask what it means, we have to start in a more focused place  No such thing as right and wrong when it comes to literature o Interpretation – how a person perceives something  Valid vs. Invalid  Valid interpretations: supported by clear and sound logic and reason o To validate: explain using logic and reason, make some type of educated guess, use past trends  Right and wrong can be different from valid and invalid  Invalid: supported by nothing o “because I say so”  Does not matter if you are right or wrong when discussing analysis and argumentation  Invalid does not = bad  “Daughter of Invention” by Julia Alvarez o Why did she write this?  She is merging to American society  Struggling to fit in while her parents held onto Dominican culture (speaking Spanish, reading Dominican newspaper)  Hopes to make connections with audience  Talks a lot about her family  Different family dynamics  Father had nightmares because of the dictatorship he left behind  Transition from dislike of reading and writing to love of it  Father gives her typewriter at the end  Begins with negativity towards mother and changes towards sorrowful for being so negative o Historical events – dictatorship in Dominican has impact on speech o Personal events – can help better understand what’s going on in the story, don’t want to assume personal experiences are typical  We want to do more than just apply ourselves to literature  We want analysis to be applicable to others  “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie o Sherman: Native American, smart, loves to read and write, dad loves to read, people expected him to be stupid because he is Native American (culture clash in school) o Purpose for writing this story  Trying to get rid of trend that Native American’s are dumb and need to stay on the reservation  Stereotypes: kids would buy into the stereotype that they were dumb and imprisons them, no one tried to break it (cycle: believe stereotype because it’s there; stereotype is there because we believe it)  Psychological, culture, and historical criticism  We know what writers find important because of what they emphasize  When narrator constantly mentions things: pay attention  Readers matter to him: “I am trying to save our lives.” o Focuses greatly on the stereotype  READ ACTIVELY AND ANNOTATE


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