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Intro to College Lit April 18-19, 2013 Extra Credit Opportunity! Lit Circle Projects BEGONE! TMMWLYGATCW/O Intro to Marxist Criticism About Hamlet…
Extra WHAT? You into memorizing soliloquies? Well, this should be right up your proverbial alley. Memorize one of the following. O that this too too solid flesh would melt (Act 1 Scene2) O that this too too solid flesh would melt O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I (Act 2 Scene 2) O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I To be, or not to be (Act 3 Scene 1) To be, or not to be How all occasions do inform against me (Act 4 Scene 4) How all occasions do inform against me Recite it in front of me before May 10. Be prepared to explain what it shows about how Hamlet sees the world (and himself) at that point in the play. Earn 10 extra credit points in the Reading Quizzes and Responses category of the grade book. There’s, like, practically NOTHING in that category right now, so yeah, it’ll affect your grade. That’s it!
Please get rid of your lit circle projects. Please. And by “get rid of,” I don’t mean, “leave in my room.”
TMMWLYGATCW/O Many of you are going to college next year! This is exciting! There will be many things to learn. Most of these things you will have to learn by experiencing them. However, because I LIKE YOU, I’m going to spend a little time every day for the rest of the semester telling you a few things you should know that you may not hear elsewhere.
Marxist Criticism Marxist criticism is a type of criticism in which literary works are viewed as the product of work. Practitioners of Marxist criticism emphasize the role of class and ideology as they reflect, propagate, and even challenge the prevailing social order. Rather than viewing texts as repositories for hidden meanings, Marxist critics view texts as material products to be understood in broadly historical terms. Literature reflects an author's own class or analysis of class relations, however piercing or shallow that analysis may be.
Even shorter: It’s all about power. Power = Money. Analyze the power relationships in the book as they relate to economic factors. Pay attention to socioeconomic class and how it affects how the events of a book play out. Try to figure out what sort of a judgment about class and power the work is conveying.
Let’s practice! This is embarrassing, but until someone suggests a safe-for-school, more contemporary substitution, we’re going to watch Puff Daddy, Mace, and the Notorious B.I.G.Puff Daddy, Mace, and the Notorious B.I.G. Aren’t the 90s weird? Also, if you’re ever looking for a really interesting contrast to the above video, check out M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” video. (Not safe for school...sorry.) Here are some questions I’ll ask you to think about as you watch:
What role does class play in the work; what is the author's analysis of class relations? In what ways does the work serve as propaganda for the status quo; or does it try to undermine it? What does the work say about oppression—or are social conflicts ignored or blamed elsewhere?
And on the other hand… Well, is it really “on the other hand”? Well, is it really “on the other hand”?
Got any ideas… …about how you could apply Marxist criticism to something we’ve read thus far in class?
The interesting thing about Hamlet… …is that he’s a bit of a microcosm. THE WORLD Denmark Royal Court Royal Family Hamlet
Some other interesting things about Hamlet (the play) Pay attention to the motif of ROT, as meant to signify decay (obvz) and also corruption—it pops up extensively in the play, to describe people, relationships, circumstances, political situations…it’s all over the place. The play was revolutionary in its time because it focused on character rather than action This is also why it’s a little hard to get through sometimes… The play makes extensive use of FOILS—characters who contrast to one another in order to highlight characteristics of the other—and PARALLELS— characters who seem to share similar circumstances, characteristics, or trajectories. Can you think of some of these right now?
For next time… Read Act III-IV. Annotate and come ready to discuss! Leading the Discussion: ○ Me! You folks should all be done by now.