I seem to be having trouble thinking of an even slightly cohesive topic for this week’s blog post. As I seem to be really into Walter Benjamin lately, I keep going back to that “constellation” thing we discussed in class. On second thought, since I’m using Benjamin extensively in my final paper, I don’t want to talk about him now. How about the genres?
I have to admit that I am prejudice against the “genres.” As much as I would like to think that I am open minded, I am not. I don’t really view much of it as academically legitimate, whatever that means. I am a product of my environment and really have never spent any time being taught about any of it. As far as the overwhelming presence of the genres in Oscar Wao, I think I’ve glossed over it. It all just seems to reiterate the fact that Oscar is indeed, a huge nerd. I’m sure that there is legitimacy in the extensive use of this kind of material as discussed in last class. I find myself having a very hard time feeling engaged with it though. Perhaps it is because I don’t take it seriously that I have trouble engaging with it in an academic atmosphere.
I suppose I’m a little disappointed in myself for being so closed off the the possibility of a new literary device. I can see that I do let my own opinions and judgments get in the way of my education at times. I’m certainly not saying that this won’t happen anymore in the future. I will, however make an effort to at least be more aware of it. It’s not fair to discount an entire genre simply because I don’t find very much interest in it and it has been historically made fun of.