24 June 2010

Reading notes...

Some things I've discovered from my reading thus far...
  • Marie de France's Lais are all about failing
  • Chretien de Troyes didn't have a high opinion of women
  • I feel sorry for Grendel, but not his mother
  • I (still) think Gawain was an idiot
  • Medieval drama is fascinating and bizarre
  • Piers Plowman is no more comprehensible the second time through
  • I need to be quicker with my theory reading, but I don't want to miss anything important
  • I can't always tell what theory is important
I keep returning to this Einstein quote, "The supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience." This is the balance of experience and theory I am looking for... and the balance that I am not sure how to find...

The majority of questions I have so far are not about what I've been reading, but about myself and my own life... Perhaps that is the point of great literature, but it is very disquieting...

1 comment:

  1. Chretien de Troyes may not have a high opinion of women, but he also set impossible standards for men. Well, for knights, anyway. :)