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JD Salinger Criticism Guide (How To)

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Don Spencer

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Transcript of JD Salinger Criticism Guide (How To)

How to Write a Literary Criticism Using Secondary Sources on J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye'
Step 1:
Find an outside secondary source using the materials provided for you:
Print Source (Book)
Reference book: easy to document:
Example: McCarthy, Mary. "J.D. Salinger's Closed Circuit." Contemporary Literary Criticism. 1975.
Or use a database:
Privitera, Lisa. "Holden's Irony in Salinger's The Catcher in the RYE." Explicator 66.4 (2008): 203. MAS Ultra - School Edition. EBSCO. Web. 19 Apr. 2010.
Note: the Works Cited entry has already been done for you.
You can also use the Internet:
Gopnik, Adam. "J.D. Salinger." The New Yorker. 8 Feb 2010. The New Yorker. 12 April 2010 <http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2010/02/08/100208ta_talk_gopnik>.
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Cite: it does all of your work for you
Your best friend...
Note: print out, highlight, and turn in with your paper (do the same with your other sources--databases, print, etc.--it's like math--showing your work
Step 2:
Busy work--read your article,
and highlight, bracket, circle,
etc. while asking yourself if it's
something you can use in your
critical analysis
"Salinger's voice--which illuminated and enlivened these pages for two decades--remade American writing in the fifties and sixties in a way that no one had since [Ernest] Hemingway. [It was Salinger's role to make American writing] soft, even runny..."
(Gopnik para 1)
Step 3:
Tearing apart your critical analysis--
You don't have to agree with your
critical analysis; you simply have to
tell why you agree or disagree w/it.
"Salinger's voice--which illuminated and enlivened these pages for two decades--remade American writing in the fifties and sixties in a way that no one had since [Ernest] Hemingway. [It was Salinger's role to make American writing] soft, even runny..."(Gopnik para 1).
Remakes the dialogue a character has with his readers...more impersonal
Writing is "soft, even runny"
because its not formal, written
in a common language that is
heard more than written. You
feel you are having a conversation
with the character instead of reading
about him in a book.
Step 4:
Inserting your primary/secondary
sources as backing for your argu-
ment. Remember, this is just a slice...
Salinger's "Cather in the Rye" is a work that defines early on the
relationship between author/character and reader if it
does anything at all. The dialogue between Holden and the
reader is a simple, straightforward, and to-the-point dialogue that
readers can truly appreciate. It's not a series of pages that tries
to establish a relationship between the two like in other books.
"Catcher" has been known to have "remade American writing"
and made it "soft, even runny" (Gopnik para 1). This example of "soft
and runny" dialogue can best be found in the opening lines of "Catcher":
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to
knowis where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and
how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all
that David Copperfield kind of crap [literary allusion to Charles
Dickens' 'David Copperfield'], but I don't feel like going into it, if
you want to know the truth. (Salinger 3)
The character is lettinghis audience--the reader--know he's not a BSer.
In fact, he's anythingbut. He's just going to tell it like it is, and if anyone
has a problem with that, then they're going to be greatly disappointed.
His vernacular (common language) suggests this with such words and phrases
like "crap" and "I don't feel like it." Yes, the dialogue between Salinger's
Holden Caufield and the reader is quite relaxed.
1. Find outside secondary source using materials provided for you
2. Busy work--reading and marking up your article--show your work
3. Tearing apart your secondary/primary source--what does it mean?
4. Inserting primary/secondary sources to back up your point.
Long quote (4 full lines or more)
set off from the rest of the paper
Critical Analysis insert
Explanation of the sources--
emphasis of the paper and your
own words...
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