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How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Chapters 17-18 Staci Morris and Tyler Brown
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Tyler Brown

on 4 September 2012

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Transcript of How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Ever try to write a sex scene? Chapter 17
...Except Sex Sex scenes take on a number
of roles in literature, but its hard
to write without seeming:
Quaint
Embarrassed/Awkward
Inept
Pornographic That's a Rhetorical Question. When they write about sex,
It's not really about sex. If they
don't write about sex....you get
the picture. When they fade to black, what are they really trying to say? Think 1950s movies. Otherwise it'd be smut. That's when they are trying to be polite
about it. The real symbolism is found when sex is described. But that's not the important parts of
Literature. Sex can represent any human emotion in literature, be sarcastic, insulting, political, or anything else. That's because it's a code for something else. Examles. Examples. Examples. I know what you're waiting for...... Most literature, when talking about sex, tries to make a treatise on sexuality, and most often it is male sexuality.
Female sexuality is most often spoken of figuratively or through metaphors.
Male sexuality is most often spoken of candidly, almost mockingly. Let's start with normal sex. Now, to the nitty-gritty: Rape. Female Sexuality:
Their Eyes Were Watching God
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Wise Children

Male Sexuality:
French Lieutenant's Wife (1969)
The Far Kingdoms: A Mythic Tale This includes topics such as Homosexuality or Rape. These topics are usually discussed as if both the writer and the reader are meant to exist a certain distance away from the events. When talking about mature sexual topics in Literature, most writers understand it's near impossible to fully disclose of them because the nature of these events are generally subjective and not experienced mostly by the general public to be described. Examples of this include:

Speak
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
A Separate Peace Now to Staci. You can really attribute any meaning you want to sexual exploitations in Literature. It's really up to the reader.
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