Exam, 2001 Spring
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about this exam.
Altogether you should answer four questions.
Do not use the same text as your examples in answering the four questions.
Theoretical Terms and Application:
define 2 of the following terms in your
own words. Use an example
(literary or cultural) to illustrate
your points. 40%
|1. intentional fallacy
||2. organic unity
||3. women as "the Other"
||4. feminist parody
|5. ideology as Althusser defines it
||6. base and superstructure
||7. exchange value and use value
||8. resisting reader
|| General Issues: Choose 2.
60% Again, be sure to use a text to illustrate your points.
|| A. Reading
and Reading Selves
1. What is literary criticism?
1) How is it different from just feeling touched by a certain literary
work (e.g. "Oh, that's great! I love it!")? 2) Why do we need
to use a certain theoretical approach?
2. What is the "implied reader" of "Chinago"?
How do we as readers resist this role? If, as readers,
we inevitably bring our own horizon into play in our understanding of this
text, what was your horizon of expectation? Does it get changed in
and after your reading it?
Textual Unity (or New Criticism):
3. What are the favorite literary
elements of New Criticism? What are their theoretical assumptions?
And what do they want to find out in their analysis? Do you find
any problems in their approach?
|| C. Gender
4. Choose three texts (literary
or cultural) which have unfair treatments of women (e.g. objectification,
binary and/or stereotypical representation, etc.), and explain how these
biases are presented.
5. Choose one feminist strategy (parodying
traditional male texts, multiple/dual voice, celebrating female sexuality,
empowering female characters, etc. ) and explain how it is used in two
6. How are the means of transportation
used in both Bicycle Theives and Sandwich Man (¨à¤lªº¤jª±°¸)?
How do they reflect the class differences in the two texts?
7. How is gender different from sex?
What do you think about the gender constructions of "The Babysitter"?
8. Do a Marxist analysis of "A Rose
for Emily." (You can also choose to do a feminist+marxist analysis.)