Literary Theory

Happy Sunday evening!

I just finished posting on my Literary Theory class and felt so inspired by this new class that I had to blog about it.  I’ve been having fun in the MFA courses and having finished Screenwriting and now onto Literary Theory, I was slightly daunted by its sober title.  I know that when I first read Gadamer’s work as an assigned reading, it almost scared me off.  But then I plowed ahead and went on with the first week’s round of discussions and it was actually fun!

Literary Theory is, to me, a way to break down works of literature to something that is beyond the actual story that is being analyzed.  Literary Theory is something like anatomy class, where you see how God put together a human being and how that human being gets to live and act and be in the living state.  So when I would start working on a novel or short story, it helps to know how they evolved, how they can affect the reader, and how the structure of the story can evoke similar works – such as genre.

It’s great to be in the MFA course and I’m recommending those who want to write seriously to consider taking the MFA.  I hope one day to meet one of you out there and share experiences from our MFA classes.


One Down

My first class is done.  More to come. My grade came in and it was pretty good.  An A-.  I think it went very well, considering I have not been in a classroom for decades.  I enjoyed the back and forth with my professor, Bryan Hurt, and with my classmates.  I learned that I can handle the workload, while working full time.  And that I can write, and that I enjoy writing more than I realized.

I admit that the first week of school was rough.  When I would have wanted to stretch out on the couch to enjoy the evening I had to make myself sit at the computer and get into the class material.  But I’m now so used to the new normal that it seems so strange that there isn’t anything to work on now when the class is done and the next won’t be starting for a few days.

I learned that I’m not done yet with life. I learned that people look forward to reading my work.  I learned that I have something else that is good that God has given me.  And I am truly grateful for the chance to find something more about myself that’s now just come to the fore.