Reflective Essay on English Literature Module

1184 Words Dec 1st, 2010 5 Pages
Reflective Essay

It is amazing that my journey as an English: Literature major has almost come to a close so quickly. My path has been a smooth and enjoyable one, and it is with great sadness that I begin to gather up the ends of my literary education. I know that I will continue to grow and develop as a critical reader/thinker throughout my lifetime, but I will sorrowfully miss the educational structure that has shaped my literary understanding for the last three years. I consider my greatest strengths as a literature major to be my insightfulness and creative slant with which I approach a piece of work. I have a love for all genres of literature and enthusiastically grasp the text with an eagerness to understand it and relate
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By dissecting the lines and passages, I have been able to pick up on details and subtleties that have brought the focus and message of the works into finer focus. Paying close attention to detail lends itself to the meticulous, sophisticated readings that I have presented. I possess the ability to make informed judgments about the political and cultural significance of the literary works on which I have focused. In the Boland essay, I have shown how a woman poet has struggled against the cannon to prove that women are also writers of poetry, not just the subject of it. Looking at the way women are portrayed in Boland’s work shows how they have a passive, domestic role in Irish life from which they are struggling to break free. My essay on Mansfield’s piece shows that I understand she was making a comment on the suppression of women’s feelings and sexual desires. In a time period of which things like this were not spoken, Mansfield took the first step in leading women toward emotional sovereignty. All of this also ties into my understanding of the roles of genre, gender, class, and culture in the work’s production. Criticism came highly to both Boland’s and Mansfield’s work because they deal with the liberation of women. Although Boland is definitely more contemporary than Mansfield, both know the struggles associated with anything considered to contain “feminist” undertones. I believe that both of