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Can't See The Trees For The Forest: Reductionist Criticism Of The Arts (Northrup Frye and Heinrich Schenker)

1. Northrop Frye, “Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays” (Princeton University Press, 1957)
A synoptic theory of world literature plotting genre over time.

2. Heinrich Schenker and… 64 more words


dialogues of exchange: foucault and said

When Edward Said wrote how Orientalism was “greatly indebted” to Michel Foucault, I didn’t realize the extent until reading Foucault’s “Orders of Discourse”. Said’s definition of Orientalism as a discourse comes directly from Foucault.   1,051 more words

The New Sisyphus: The Absurd Rebellion

“I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. 1,033 more words


Review: Inceptio (Roma Nova #1) by Alison Morton

This is my first experience reading an alternative history novel. Inceptio is not just an alternative history novel though…it’s part political thriller, part romance, and part fantasy. 768 more words


Season Finale: The Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change

Last Friday was the season finale for Book Three of The Legend of Korra. By most accounts, this season was a clear improvement after the last season in terms of both action and character development—and I heartily agree. 607 more words

The Written Word

Literary Criticism and Theory: Formalism

The formalist way of criticizing literature is the most scientific and analytical way of literature criticism. It is a theory that looks directly at the text itself. 386 more words

Formalist Criticism

Why a 'flaw' in The Lord of the Rings makes it my favorite book right now

“I don’t know how to say it, but after last night I feel different… I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can’t turn back… I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end…”  Samwise Gamgee…

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