Day 12 Notes


Lee's Lecture Notes:

Start by looking at Hughes' poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (hear the audio with context which of course New Critics don't pay attention to) which, of course, uses literary language, not every day or scientific langauge:

"The text itself"--complexities and unitiversal human truths in New Criticism--what's artistic about this text vs. the text's politics (Bambara's story--about socioeconomic disparity--but isn't that a universal human condition?)

What doesn't fit into Universal Human Truth? Chopin's "The Storm"? Isn't it just a romantic story for women?

Amiri Baraka's "Somebody Blew Up America" poem (very political, but does it have an organic unity of it's formal elements, it's complexities, and it's themes? Is it artistic enough for a New Critic?)

-- New Critical practice with texts

Modernism and Postmodernism

3. Lee's New Critical Lecture Notes.

2. Langston Hughes and negotiated interpretations; and authority; Lucille Clifton (and her Hips poem).

4. Vocabulary list for ch. 5.