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Term 2: Lecture 1+2

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Department
English
Course
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Tim Conley
Semester
Winter

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Henrik Ibsen: A Doll House Term 2: Lecture 1+2 (January 8  and 10 ) th Realism: a movement in the 19  century ­ Time of Darwin and Marx ­ Recognizable as a world you live in ­ What is art’s relationship with reality? ­ Not just the plausibility of events; more than just rules ­ Talks about things that were “obscene” at the time; problems with the world (money, sex,  death, relations between genders, religion) Compare to Hamlet ­ Realism: setting differences between Hamlet ­ Hamlet is royalty, A Doll House is middle­class ­ How we actually live; the play (ADH) is about money ­ Hamlet is not realism (in a sense) General Notes ­ Nora’s character is contradictory; ex. vain and generous, money from Torvald ­ Torvald (Helmer) treats Nora like a child, or “doll” ­ Slow development of criticism (Torvald to Nora) ­ The play begins with fantasy and dissolves into reality ­ Nora and Crogstad = melodrama? The heroine and villain have matched hypocrisy. ­ Cause and effect in realism (not fantasy) ­ Nora believes she has sacrificed herself for her husband (the trip); this is her only  ownership ­ Irony; sarcasm in degrees, oppo
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