Please read through all the questions
and then choose I from each part:
Choose one term/statement below; define its meanings, discuss its related issues and then use a text (literary or cultural text) as an example of what you've discussed.
2. Do a structuralist reading of either "Araby" or "The Blind Man"and then deconstructive reading of it. In other words, find out its basic narrative pattern (of actants and functions or binary opposition) and then its gaps or contradictions to prove that its meanings are undecidable.
B. Language and Subject:
4. What are the subject positions provided/constructed respectively by "The Lesson" and "My Man Bonvanne"? What position do you take in relation to these two Afro-American texts?
5. How is the idea of author challenged in metafictional works? (You can use the examples in "Text Play.") Choose two from the following texts: "Lost in the Funhouse," The Icicle Thief and Deconstructing Harry to further compare and contrast their different treatments of the authors.
6. The chapter on Deconstruction from our textbook says that there is no fixed nor singular interpretation of a text and that even the author cannot control his/her text's meanings. What do you think about this view? Use a text to illustrate your points.
C.Society, Language and Literary Analysis
8. How is capitalism represented in "Chinago" and "The Rocking Horse Winner"? What ideologies are there in the texts which the authors may not be aware of?
9. Society and Literature:
a text completely conditioned by its socio-historical background?
Can the author as a social subject be critical of his/her society?
10. Marx said, "Consciousness does not determine life; life determines consciousness." (Or: It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.) What does he mean? Find a text to illustrate and/or challenge his points.
11. Why do so many texts today call attention to their fictitiousness or parody some authorities? (e.g. films, music videos, literature, photography, painting, etc.; see examples in "Text Play.") Can news report do the same? Or commercials?
12. Language and Postcolonial society:
13. Structuralism, deconstruction and postcolonialism all posit some theories about "language," what are their differences and similarities?
14. What is literary criticism?
a. Use the following pattern to discuss 2 of the various approaches you have learned; i.e. formalism, structuralism/semiotics, psychoanalysis, archetypal approach, feminism, marxism, postmodernism, postcolonialism.
b. Choose a text to practice the three
14. another meta-question:
What aspects of the class are not covered by this final exam? What kinds of power relations or ideologies can be implied in concluding a course with a final exam? What are your reasons to be for or against having a final exam in a college course like this?