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Combined with the following requirements
Tentative Thesis Statement: A 3-Part Experiment
Part One involves stating a thesis or interpretive argument with regard to either Dorian Gray or Against Nature.
Part Two involves commenting on another student’s thesis in critical fashion. This is not to say that you should attack the thesis, but ask meaningful questions. Feel free to ask for clarification (clearly defined terms) or anything else that may seem relevant.
Part Three involves responding to the comments regarding your thesis.
Again: “Thesis” boils down to a two-part question: “What is the author saying/how is the author saying it?” And please know that you can incorporate anything you have written this summer (String Theory, etc.) as part of your argument. Treat all your wonderfully rich Discussion threads as the potential gold mines and promissory notes on Genius that they are!
We’re going to apply the logic of Symbolist poet Gustave Kahn to your thesis, as it develops organically. Kahn made a distinction between Naturalism (which “subjectifies the objective”) and Symbolism (which reverses that scenario by “objectifying the subjective”). We’ll discuss the meaning of Kahn’s words in class. Then, I’d like you to see if Kahn’s words can possibly nuance your ongoing analysis. Last week’s 3-part writing experiment will continue here.
I’ll add this interesting scholarly work in case you’d care to check it out on your own:
French Symbolism: Objectifying the Subjective?
Gustave Kahn wrote that the purpose of Symbolism was “to objectify the subjective” in contrast to earlier art that had sought to subjectify the objective. In this piece, James Longford discusses the theoretical background to French Symbolism and whether French artists succeeded in their objectives with reference to works by Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, Ã‰mile Bernard, Paul Gauguin, and others. This essay is well illustrated and referenced to academic standards with a bibliography.