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Subject: Any English majors out there??
Date Posted: 4/24/2010 9:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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Hi everyone,

I'm looking for English majors (or anyone who's interested in literary theory) who are interested in sending PMs with me about literary theory. I'm having trouble understanding this subject and was hoping someone could help me out a little. I'm reading authors such as Shklovsky, Brooks, Crane, Eliot, Arnold, and Wordsworth. I have a list of some others, but I'll just list those in a PM. If anyone has, or is taking a literary theory class, I'd really appreciate your help!

-Christine

Date Posted: 4/24/2010 9:32 PM ET
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Literary theory?      What on Earth would that be?     Is it perhaps another case of someone making out a subject (in this case, writing) to be enormously complicated and/or erudite, etc. ???    Just a thought that occurred to an old newspaperwoman who read your post . . . .



Last Edited on: 4/24/10 9:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/10/2010 4:41 AM ET
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I was an English major, but didn't read any of those authors...

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:29 PM ET
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I was an English major. I read Eliot, but none of the others except maybe a little Wordsworth. What are the other authors?

Just so you know in case you'd rather not PM me, literary criticism was my worst class. So I can't really help if you need help with the actual theories themselves rather than the works themselves.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 10:50 AM ET
Member Since: 7/3/2009
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It depends on what kind of theory you are looking at. I do still have a book addressing various forms of criticisms from the course I took my sophomore year. The book touches upon New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism, Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies, Psychological Criticism, Political Criticism, and some other approaches. I did fairly well with most of them, I still do have trouble with Deconstructive Criticism for some reason. Whatever help you may need though, I am more than willing to provide.