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Week 8--Literary Interpretation

Your formal writing assignment this week is to interpret Prodigal Summer from the point of view of Paula Gunn Allen or Lewis Hyde--or some other theorist whose work we've read together this semester (such as Michael Pollan or Barry Schwartz). If this critic were writing a review of the novel, what would s/he say about it: how it works, what's going on, what's important? (i.e.: what would Allen say about the structure of foreground/background? what does Hyde's coyote have to do w/ the coyotes in the novel? what would Schwartz's take be on the presentation of choice? or Pollan's on the treatment of the food chain?).

As a kind of "story starter"... post here your initial thoughts about/toward this assignment.


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