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Lit theory part 1

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Here is part one of a keynote I use with my College Comp I class illustrating some of the major types of literary theory.

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Lit theory part 1

  1. 1. Literary Theory College Comp 2012 Part 1
  2. 2. What is it?
  3. 3. What is it?Literary theory
  4. 4. What is it?Literary theory A variety of ways to ‘view’ or ‘understand’ different texts.
  5. 5. What is it?Literary theory A variety of ways to ‘view’ or ‘understand’ different texts. Ever read or watch something with someone else only to find you loved it while they loathed it?
  6. 6. What is it?Literary theory A variety of ways to ‘view’ or ‘understand’ different texts. Ever read or watch something with someone else only to find you loved it while they loathed it? How can you explain this?
  7. 7. What is it? Continued
  8. 8. What is it? ContinuedThe importance of perspectives
  9. 9. What is it? ContinuedThe importance of perspectives Your way of seeing the world is not the only way . . .
  10. 10. What is it? ContinuedThe importance of perspectives Your way of seeing the world is not the only way . . . How to account for the differences?
  11. 11. What is it? Continued
  12. 12. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world?
  13. 13. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family
  14. 14. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Beliefs
  15. 15. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Beliefs
  16. 16. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education Beliefs
  17. 17. What is it? ContinuedWhat factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education Interests Beliefs
  18. 18. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRace Beliefs
  19. 19. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Beliefs
  20. 20. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Politics Beliefs
  21. 21. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Beliefs
  22. 22. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Language Beliefs
  23. 23. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Gender Language Beliefs
  24. 24. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Gender Language Economic Status Beliefs
  25. 25. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Gender Language Economic Status Beliefs Experience
  26. 26. What is it? Continued What factors influence how we ‘see’ the world? Family Nationality Education InterestsRaceIntelligence Religion Politics Gender Language Economic Status Age Beliefs Experience
  27. 27. Perspectives
  28. 28. Perspectives Is it a young lady or old woman?
  29. 29. Perspectives Is it a young lady or old woman?
  30. 30. Perspectives
  31. 31. PerspectivesIs it a chalice or two people staring at each other ?
  32. 32. PerspectivesIs it a chalice or two people staring at each other ?
  33. 33. Types of Literary Theories
  34. 34. 1. Archetypal Theory
  35. 35. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype?
  36. 36. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype? archetype ¦ ärk(i) tīp¦
  37. 37. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype? archetype ¦ ärk(i) tīp¦ noun
  38. 38. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype? archetype ¦ ärk(i) tīp¦ noun a very typical example of a certain person or thing : the book is a perfect archetype of the genre. See note at model .
  39. 39. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype? archetype ¦ ärk(i) tīp¦ noun a very typical example of a certain person or thing : the book is a perfect archetype of the genre. See note at model . • an original that has been imitated : the archetype of faith is Abraham.
  40. 40. 1. Archetypal TheoryWhat is an archetype? archetype ¦ ärk(i) tīp¦ noun a very typical example of a certain person or thing : the book is a perfect archetype of the genre. See note at model . • an original that has been imitated : the archetype of faith is Abraham. • a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology : mythological archetypes of good and evil.
  41. 41. A type ofblueprint
  42. 42. A type ofblueprintArchetypal hero?
  43. 43. A type ofblueprintArchetypal hero?
  44. 44. A type ofblueprint Archetypal hero?The hero all others are based upon?
  45. 45. A type ofblueprint Archetypal hero?The hero all others are based upon?
  46. 46. Archetypal Theory
  47. 47. Archetypal Theory“Hero”
  48. 48. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  49. 49. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  50. 50. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  51. 51. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  52. 52. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  53. 53. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  54. 54. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  55. 55. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  56. 56. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  57. 57. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  58. 58. Archetypal Theory“Hero”Entertainment Weekly’s List of top ten heroes:
  59. 59. Archetypal Theory
  60. 60. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits
  61. 61. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents.
  62. 62. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one.
  63. 63. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one. great responsibility.
  64. 64. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one. great responsibility. accomplishes a great feat.
  65. 65. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one. great responsibility. accomplishes a great feat. has supernatural aid or help.
  66. 66. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one. great responsibility. accomplishes a great feat. has supernatural aid or help. must face a dangerous journey
  67. 67. Archetypal TheoryThink of some of the archetypal traits orphaned/unknown or odd circumstances around birth and parents. destined to be the ‘chosen’ one. great responsibility. accomplishes a great feat. has supernatural aid or help. must face a dangerous journey often ‘dies’ to save humanity and is reborn.
  68. 68. Archetypal Theory
  69. 69. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  70. 70. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  71. 71. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  72. 72. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  73. 73. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  74. 74. Archetypal TheorySound familiar?
  75. 75. Archetypal
  76. 76. ArchetypalGolden Bough
  77. 77. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung
  78. 78. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of
  79. 79. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of the devil
  80. 80. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of the devil creation myth
  81. 81. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of the devil creation myth Deity
  82. 82. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of the devil creation myth Deity Trickster
  83. 83. ArchetypalGolden BoughThe works of Carl Jung Every culture has its own version of the devil creation myth Deity Trickster Good and Evil
  84. 84. What is the horror film archetype?
  85. 85. What is the horror film archetype?
  86. 86. What real life killer serves asan archetype for the greatest movie killers?
  87. 87. What real life killer serves asan archetype for the greatest movie killers?
  88. 88. What real life killer serves asan archetype for the greatest movie killers?
  89. 89. What real life killer serves asan archetype for the greatest movie killers?
  90. 90. What real life killer serves asan archetype for the greatest movie killers?
  91. 91. 2. Feminism/Gender Theory
  92. 92. 2. Feminism/Gender TheoryHow do films and stories address the issue ofgender?
  93. 93. 2. Feminism/Gender TheoryHow do films and stories address the issue ofgender? “Well behaved women rarely make history.”
  94. 94. Feminism
  95. 95. FeminismWho is the villain of Beowulf?
  96. 96. FeminismWho is the villain of Beowulf?
  97. 97. Feminism
  98. 98. In reality?Feminism
  99. 99. In reality?Feminism
  100. 100. Feminism
  101. 101. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters
  102. 102. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters
  103. 103. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters Are they sexist?
  104. 104. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters Are they sexist?
  105. 105. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters Are they sexist?Do they exploit females?
  106. 106. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters Are they sexist?Do they exploit females?
  107. 107. Feminism Examine how authorstreat female characters Are they sexist?Do they exploit females?
  108. 108. How are stereotypes addressed?
  109. 109. How are stereotypes addressed?

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