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McGill University
English (Arts)
ENGL 324
Thomas Heise

Jan 20 - Carlo Rotella "The Rust Belt Canon" Mon, Jan 31 4pm, Wendy Patrick Rm, Wilson Hall. - Jennifer Doyle Arts 160 12pm 1/24 - gender and romance - early short story by Chandler called "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" > Mallory, who is an allusion to Sir Thomas Mallory, who wrote in 1430 La Morte d'Arthur - the name changes to Marlowe. - this knight imagery is all over the book. is marlowe actually knightly? - is he driven by outdated principles? he's kind of this knight figure, rescuing damsels in distress. he's kind of a misogynist, and he's governed by this chivaliric principle - once women start working in this genre, we'll see what they can do with it - marlowe is both desirable to women and able to resist their advances. - women create disorder. is marlowe is this knight, he IS order, and then the women that tempt him are chaotic - maybe he idealizes women? he wants a chivalric romance, but real women don't live up to that - he sees women as objects, in need of rescue, which is in itself misogynistic - knight imagery right in the first chapter: the knight's pushed his visor back and he's trying to undo knots holding a damsel to a tree, but he doesn't seem to be doing a very good job of it. Marlowe thinks that he'd do a much better job - the guy's trying to be sociable. the woman's naked and thus sexually available. - he's /fiddling/ with the knots, which is vernacular, and screwing around and blah blah blah. this image invokes chivalric romance, but then they stick in this American trash word for no particular reason - 1930's urban America goes over these epic and high styles of writing - she's all knotted up, metaphorically as well - back to the woman being tied in the centre of a huge web of cospiracies - huge matrix of complex, interlocking doublecrosses - when marlo
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