Literary Criticism:
Self, Gender and Society
Final Exam, 2001 Spring 
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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
II.    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? 

  B.  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 and Society
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 texts. 

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.)

Good luck!