Keyterms can help you focus your paper around a theoretical question that you name concisely. To think about how you might do that, let’s start generating a list of terms that *could* prove useful to one of you as you write your thesis.

In the comments below, name a keyterm you get from one of the readings for this week– Wilde, Lukacs, or Casanova. Identify which text gave you the term, and list the page number where you got it. Paraphrase the utility of the term as you understand it, and raise any questions you have about its use.

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2 Responses to Keyterms

  1. Emily Abrams says:


    “Collision” (pg. 18) – what Levine describes as the “the strange encounter between two or more forms that sometimes reroutes intention and ideology,” which can “produce new insight into the work of forms, both social and aesthetic” in such occurrences.

    Levine offers a series dialectic forms as examples of collision. For Beatty’s novel, we can see these collision through the dialectics of good and evil, black and white, and self and other at play in particular, as raised by Levine’s own citation. Applying Levine’s “collision” argument may be useful for examining how Beatty positions race in his novel.

  2. Cassandra says:

    Form- Traditionally an aesthetic term used to analyze a work’s literary techniques, Levine is arguing to incorporate a sociopolitical analysis into formalist readings.

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