controvertible

the challenging question:

“Is it necessary that the text be readable and accessible?”

(that moment that comes after, while reading difficult articles and critiques, when you realise that one text has more credibility than the other, in academic circles)

 

to which I say:

“Is it necessary that the text be highbrow, critically acclaimed and/or difficult in order to be valuable and challenging?”

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conflicting opinions

On wednesday, I made a decision, or so I thought. In my head, I thought, I have to decide which text I’m doing. I think I’ll just go with The Book Thief and that will be it. I’ll just choose. I will conquer the fear, make it possible to work on the brief for next week, and just choose a text of the two I’m considering (Borges being the alternate).

Problem goes, when I reached the point of explaining my decision to my supervisor, he spotted the Borges anthology on the desk, and seized upon it!

‘Is The Book Thief rigorous enough? Is it important that it be a readable text? I think it would be perfectly adequate for your project, but the Borges stories have ‘the power of stories’ as a greater metanarrative, rather than just a plot device…’ or some other words in a similar pattern and meaning.

Being tired due to previous bad choices, the suggestion was to sleep on it (from more than one person, too).

So I have.

Yesterday I read almost half of The Book Thief (not for the first time) – And now I’m considering the literary merits and possibilities of the Borges’ pieces. (How? Research. About to hit up some journal articles on both authors).

More to come. This decision decides the focus/motivation for the project more clearly – to communicate the difficult but important or… ?