Using The Humble Orange To Explain Literary Theories

I don’t quite get some myself, but it was an interesting read nonetheless!

Upon seeing an orange…

Deconstruction asks… ‘If the orange peel and the flesh are both part of an “orange”,
are they not in fact one and the same thing?’

Ecocriticism asks… ‘How does this orange fit into the wider ecosystem?’

Feminist theory asks… ‘What possibilities are available to a woman who eats this orange?’

Formalism asks… ‘What shape and diameter is the orange?’

Marxist theory asks… ‘Who owns the orange?’

New Historicism asks… ‘How many oranges do people buy?’

Postcolonialism asks… ‘Who doesn’t own the orange?’

Psychoanalysis asks… ‘What does the orange remind us of?’

Reader-Response asks… ‘What does the orange taste like?’

Structuralism asks… ‘How are the orange peel and the flesh differentiated
into composite parts of the orange?’


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. museditions
    Jan 13, 2008 @ 13:09:11

    I love this! It points to the absurdity of structural analysis, or at least the extremes of such. Not one of the questions was, simply,: “Do you like the orange?”

    nylusmilk: what literary theory would that come under? hmm…


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