Hmmm….how do I approach reading? Tough question. Well a definite answer is “not as blindly as I used too!”
I have to say that last year I approached a lot of readings with a feminist approach. I looked a lot at the dominance of women by men. The submissiveness of women in general, how they were being oppressed by society, etc. I did my first paper in last years English class on the repression of women in the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and ever since then I found myself taking somewhat of a feminist approach at all sorts of literary works. I think maybe because I had done so much research on the repression of women in literature for my essay that the next time I picked up a s
tory or poem that involved a woman I automaticalliy looked for the signs of inequality.
I have learned now however to keep an open mind when reading different works, I don’t want to be stuck reading stories from the same viewpoint over and over again. So I would say that I tend to keep a very open mind, and I especially enjoy making an effort to take several different approaches to a single piece of work. I think it makes things so much more interesting if you view them from several different perspectives. I will admit that I find the historical approach very helpful. It helps me a lot to understand the writing if I have the opportunity to perhaps see things from the authors perspectiv
e; to know what was going on at that time of the author’s life, economically or socially, it helps me gain better insight as to what the author may have been trying to portray in their writings.
So there you have it, I guess I don’t have a particular approach that I use every time. Instead, I feel the more open your mind the better, to not consistently view things from one perspectives enables me to gain a better understanding of the work as a whole.
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