As a writer, I subscribe to a theory of literature that informs my praxis. To accommodate requests for an accessible and relatively comprehensive view of these, I am posting the dates and titles of discussions posted in this literary blog which I have culled from a book I wrote earlier for my students of Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, and Creative Writing.
Writing seminar directors are welcome to use these materials as they see fit. A number of seminars in the Philippines, Canada, and the United States have been announced lately, and I hope these notes will be useful to participants.
All I require is that their use be acknowledged as teaching materials derived from this literary blog. http://ambitsgambit.blogspot.com/
These posts (according to dates) may be accessed as stand-alone articles in the 2009 archives of my literary blog. They may be used in seminars on a per-day/per-session basis.
July 5, 2009 PART 2: A LITERARY THEORY FOR TEACHING LITERATURE AS A HUMANISTIC DISCIPLINE. What is literary appreciation?
July 6, 2009 PART 3: A LITERARY THEORY FOR TEACHING LITERATURE AS A HUMANISTIC DISCIPLINE: APPROACHES TO LITERARY APPRECIATION
July 8, 2009 PART 5. LITERARY THEORY: GUIDE QUESTIONS IN THE APPRECIATION OF FICTION (SHORT STORY, NOVEL, DRAMA)
July 9, 2009 PART 6: APPRECIATION OF POETRY – A SUMMARY **(See July 1 entry on Language of Poetry for details.)
July 11, 2009 PART 2: LITERARY (POETRY) ANALYSIS; THE SENSORY-IMPRESSIONISTIC LEVEL (POETRY ANALYSIS: THE SENSORY-IMPRESSIONISTIC LEVEL)
July 14, 2009 Part 4: LITERARY ANALYSIS (POETRY) THE COGNITIVE LEVEL --- Meaning in the Poem
July 15, 2009 PART 5: ASSOCIATIVE LEVEL OF LITERARY (POETRY) ANALYSIS APPLIED --- Desert Places: Meaning Analyzed
September 10, 2009 A THEORY OF LITERARY CRITICISM IN AN EMPIRICALLY-BASED APPRECIATION OF LITERATURE: PART I, SECTION 1: CRITICIZING FICTION
September 11, 2009 PART 2 LITERARY CRITICISM: DISCOVERING THE ARTISTIC PURPOSE AS A BASIS FOR CRITICISM
September 15, 2009 PART 5 LITERARY CRITICISM: CRITICIZING TECHNIQUE IN FICTION (What is Technique? What are the Elements of Technique?)
September 16, 2009 PART 6 LITERARY CRITICISM: CRITICIZING TECHNIQUE (FICTION) --- THE EFFECTIVE POINT OF VIEW
September 17, 2009 PART 7 LITERARY CRITICISM: CRITICIZING TECHNIQUE (FICTION) --- WHAT IS AN EFFECTIVE PLOT?
Friday, September 18, 2009 PART 8 LITERARY CRITICISM: CRITICIZING TECHNIQUE IN FICTION --- EFFECTIVE CHARACTERIZATION
September 19, 2009 PART 9 LITERARY CRITICISM: CRITICIZING TECHNIQUE IN FICTION --- THE EFFECTIVE SCALE AND OTHER TECHNIQUES
September 21, 2009 LITERARY CRITICISM: A PRACTICUM --- APPLYING THE NORMS --- LITERARY CRITICISM PRACTICUM: A CRITICISM OF E. A. POE'S
"THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO" (PART 1)
September 22, 2009 PRACTICUM PART 2: CRITICIZING POE'S STYLE IN "AMONTILLADO" (The Plot, Characters, Setting, Language, Symbols)
September 23, 2009 PRACTICUM 3: CRITICIZING POE'S TECHNIQUE IN "AMONTILLADO" (Point of View, Order of Actions, Characterization, Scale)
September 24, 2009 PART 1: CRITICIZING POETRY --- THE ARTISTIC PURPOSE AS A BASIS FOR LITERARY CRITICISM
September 27, 2009 PART 4: CRITICIZING THE STYLE OF POETRY --- LINGUISTIC DEVICES: Part 4: Criticizing the Style of Poetry --- LITERARY DEVICES (Words Have It)
September 30, 2009 PART 7: MAJOR ART MOVEMENTS THAT INFLUENCED LITERARY STYLE AND TECHNIQUE (Major Art Movements Which Have Influenced Literary Style and Technique : Realism, Naturalism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and Stream-of-Consciousness)
October 1, 2009 PART 1: A THEORY OF EVALUATION IN THE APPRECIATION OF LITERATURE. HOW VALUABLE IS THE PIECE OF LITERATURE TO THE READER?
October 3, 2009 PART 3: EVALUATION OF LITERATURE --- FORMAL VALUES AND VALUES FROM THE PERSONAL APPROACH
(See 2009 Archives http://ambitsgambit.blogspot.com/)
It is expected that seminar participants involve themselves in subsequent creative writing to apply these theories. Writing, of course, is the most eloquent manifestation of informed literary appreciation.