I’ve actually been attempting a fair portion of literary analysis in the last few months, and the deconstruction of narratives in general. The only issue, and the reason it’s not here, is that it’s all fandom-based.

My reluctance isn’t a matter of shame (please see links on Words page to erotica I’ve written), but a matter of context: the discussion occurs primarily on Tumblr, and is tagged such that mostly other fans see it. I don’t have to introduce characters or concepts and I don’t have to preface arguments with a description of the common perceptions I’m rebutting: I get to rest on the laziness of shared common knowledge.

But this semester I’m taking a required entry-level literature class, and I’m finding exegesis much easier. Surprisingly, arguing about the significance of driving to a relationship or about how someone’s mistranslation means they’re evil (it was true) has prepared me very well for expositing at length about women as portrayed in 1946 movies about veterans. Of course, it’s also prepared me for injecting comparisons to Jane Austen and the Vietnam War into the same essay, but that’s what second drafts are for.

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