In the last section, she says "the devil is always painted black-by white painters" (383). This resonated with me because I had just reread the Wife of Bath's tale from The Canterbury Tales when she asks who painted the lion. She argues that if a lion had painted it, the lion would win. Just as if someone black painted the devil, he would not be painted black. This also reminds me of Gubar and Gilbert's argument of the way women were portrayed in literature. These writers are all advocating for different viewpoints. To truly understand anyone, one must know their viewpoint.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Who wrote what
Anna Julia Cooper's Our Raison D'Etre categorizes two types of authors: those that write to write and then those that use writing almost as propaganda. She says "those who write to please- or rather who write because they please... with no thought of audience" (380). I agree with her statement somewhat. I do think that there are those who write to convince you of their viewpoint and there are those who write just to write but I think inherently if someone is writing there is always thoughts of an audience. It may not be an explicit thought. The act of writing in itself produces author and reader. The author becomes the reader, the audience. He or she may not be writing for anyone else but after the text is written, the author is no more an author. Since the text is written already, the authorship is finished. Yes, the author is still the author, but then he or she becomes a more informed reader.