A Proposal For The Further Study Of Great Writers

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A Proposal for the further study of great writers



A Proposal for the Further Study of Great Writers
Dave Vinson
ENL 4230
11/20/00








It could be said that the study of Literature and the study of Psychology are a most incompatible mix. Properly schooled in one or the other of these two disciplines, it is the psychologist who will point out the “left brain” is attributed with the functions of Analyzing, Mathematics, and step-by-step Reasoning and the “right brain” is likewise concerned with Creative Thinking and Visual-Pictorial skills. Accordingly, people will often find a Niche in society that makes use of that half of the sphere that is dominant for them. This is not to say that one cannot combine attributes and operate across disciplines however. For example, there are those people who enjoy occupations such as Psycho-Biologists. It is very important to point out that individuals are combining same-sphere skills. For example, Psychology and Biology employ the Strength of ones left-sided attributes associated with the sciences. Society makes use of these highly skilled people who can compliment one field by introducing another. It is however, Unnatural and sometimes Unsafe to combine left and right skills. For example, what use would we have for an Artful-Biologist” or, a Psycho-Writer?

There is further discussion that the left brain is dominant and therefore assumed that our creative actions are guided by some level of Reason. That is, to be successful in Art or Literature, a practitioner will be guided by Reason to produce that, which will interest the Customer. Furthermore and most important, they will carefully analyze the impact their work will have on the Interested observer.

In certain situations, the left-brain becomes Corrupted. When this occurs, the actions of the individual are not guided by reason. In the event that that person is a writer, they will have free reign to present their work Unfettered by Confines of Reason. Although this can be unsettling to the reader, these works can become great poems and novels of our time. This is because those of use guided by reason try (sometimes for centuries) to figure out the Reason that guided these great writers. It is therefore my intention to show that we should explore for Abnormality rather then Reason in these great writers.

Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Criticism(1711), appeared when he was twenty-three and included such lines as "a little learning is a dangerous thing.” It is at this point in his life that Pope warns us of his increasing Instability in the above passage. Pope, a Catholic, was excluded from the sort of university that his talents deserved Demaria (1996)). Instead, Pope had an uneven education, which was often interrupted. He learned Latin and Greek from a local priest and later he acquired knowledge of French and Italian (http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/apope.htm. Pope’s “little learning” refers to his being unable to attend a Quality university. The Consequence, according to the passage, is that he had become a (literary) danger. Additionally, Pope’s small, stooped stature (caused by tuberculosis) assuredly caused him much Trauma as he developed. According to class lecture, he was so Traumatized that he even resisted portraits of him being painted!
We should now turn our attention to the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to determine Pope’s afflictions. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is the Excessive preoccupation with one’s physical anomalies that causes, in part, Impairment in social functioning. In Pope’s case, others Validated his own preoccupation. For example, his humpback was a constant Target for his critics in literary battles - Pope was called a 'hunchbacked toad' http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/apope.htm. This leads one to ponder the existence of a second disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can occur in individuals who, according to the DSM IV, “have experienced a threat to the Integrity of self”. The disorder can also cause Impairment with regards to Social Functioning.
Pope’s works were his way of Fighting back. His disorders had produced a Tenacious, Bitter man who resorted to Mocking others as he himself had been mocked. This is very apparent in The Dunciad where he victimizes less famous (and, of course, less impaired writers). It must be told, however, that he did not think of this vehicle by himself but fashioned his weapon by careful observation of how Dryden had belittled poor Richard Flecknoe.
Another great writer’s Abnormal gifts to the literary world are more easily identified by an easily identified disorder. Samuel Johnson “had a nervous dis

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