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16 Oct. 2014

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Transcript of 16 Oct. 2014

Formalist (New Critical) Perspective
Focuses on:
The structure of the text.
plot structure, timeline, chapters, development, overall organization
The literary devices of the text and how the text creates meaning.
imagery, symbolism, themes, motifs, patterns, figurative language, diction, foreshadowing, flashback, parallels...
READER RESPONSE is about CAUSE and EFFECT
The phrase _____

made me think/feel _____

because of _____

Reader Response Literary Criticism
Focuses on:
The READER'S emotional or cognitive reactions to the text.
The READER'S personal connection to the text.
How what the TEXT does causes these reactions in the reader.
TODAY
...connect details of the historical and personal context surrounding the novel
The Things They Carried
.
16 Oct. 2014
Get out a loose piece of notebook paper.
The Things They Carried
HISTORICAL CONTEXT
READ
The Life and Times of Tim O'Brien
and
The Vietnam War
.
THINK, WRITE:
We just finished a novel where society is rigidly structured to reinforce stability and comfort.
What might cause a society to seek stability in such an extreme way? What kinds of "instability" do we see in the real world, and what effect does this instability have on us?
...summarize the concepts behind a
Reader-Response
critical perspective and a
Formalist
(New Critical) literary perspective.
As you read, NOTICE:
What phrases do you personally connect to somehow?
What phrases do you have a feeling or reaction to?
HIGHLIGHT OR UNDERLINE THESE PHRASES.
(text)
(feeling or idea)
from the text
reaction/connection/emotion
word choice
imagery
tone
juxtaposition
diction
...
INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK
What information does this provide about the FORM or STRUCTURE of the text?
You are going to watch two short videos.
APPLY a Reader-Response Perspective... monitor your OWN reactions and what CAUSES those reactions.
At the end, you will be asked to respond to this prompt:
What do soldiers carry during and after war?
Video #1: The theatrical trailer for the documentary film RESTREPO
Video #2: Sebastian Junger, producer/director of RESTREPO giving a talk about "why soldiers miss war."
A-Z by last name...
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