Thank you. I was under a half assed understanding of archetypes. His has given me a clearer insight. Taking examples from Plato’s Republic.
I love this essay by @dylanhorrocks on "Understanding Comics" as polemic and the value of allowing other definitions. …
And these phrases also underscore something else: paradox, a kind of whimsical irony, humor. César Aira is obviously a man, and hence someone ostensibly disqualified, because of his sex, from ever wearing the nun’s habit or being a “modern girl.” (Another of his novels, which might be called the third installment in this trilogy, is titled Yo era una niña de siete años (2005), or I Was a Seven-Year-Old Girl .) The incongruity and perhaps even silliness of a mature male writer choosing these titles and the subject matter implied by them generates an aura of absurdity from the very start.
Although my students used this as a jumping off point for essay writing, this activity itself served as a collaborative way to review common themes among our three class texts. In the future, I think it would come in handy as a way to review at the end of a novel unit or practice writing “Listicles,” which seem to have taken over the internet these days. Later this week, I will be back to share how we moved from these lists into polished literary essays.
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