ENGLISH 2K06 Lecture Notes - Zoophilia, Scapegoating, Cayenne Pepper

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Published on 10 Oct 2012
School
McMaster University
Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 2K06
Professor
October 9
Mary Prince:
- Orally dictated and written down by Thomas Pringle; editorial note remarks about certain
redundancies omitted from the narrative:
o The nature of the omitted information are not identified, brings to light the question
of how redundant Mary Prince may have considered it.
- England tries to separate itself into multiple moral selves:
o The heart, advocating compassion, acknowledgement of all as peoples, while still
condoning it in its colonies, claiming its influence did not extend to the colonies.
o The slave trade was illegal not slavery; the idea: to limit and eventually abolish the
import of slaves would lead to the eventual end of slavery.
o The state still operates on the economic level slave owners were paid out to
relinquish the slaves they owned; none of this money ever made it to the slaves
themselves, which makes the action in itself, self-serving.
- Slave Narrative comes out of the lengthy tradition of dehumanization and demoralization.
o Importance: opportunity for men and women to come into representation, to begin
to make the transition from an object to a speaking subject, capable of resisting
o Allowed the former slave to appropriate for him or herself reasoning ability, deep
affective commitments to others, the ability to use multiple languages, and also, an
ability to evaluate a society that has purposely misrepresented slavery.
Prince is entirely capable of surpassing the flaw intellect and emotions of a
culture that tries to keep her enslaved.
In London, where she is ‘free’ but without a character reference and is
regarded with suspicion.
Her and Thomas Pringle aim to create a character reference for her, so she
may get back to Antigua and to her estranged husband.
- Importance of Slave Narrative: SUBJECTIVITY
o Coming into self- representation
o Means of opening of a dialogue between blacks and white
o First persons accounts of violence, horror
- Metaphors:
o Shrouding the children as she takes them to be sold shrouding as a metaphor of
clothing persons for death.
o ‘Little chickens her acknowledgement of her and her children’s status in the
current status.
o Cayenne pepper: becomes an image drawn from a culinary setting and placed in an
emotional context; not an enhancement of flavour, but a damaging factor.
o The imagery of the heart, beating although it would burst from her chest: the
psychosomatic relationship between her body as a cage for not only her organs, but
her emotions, and how it reflects her enslavement.
Reversal of dialogue; the largeness of her heart magnifies the smallness and
hardness of the hearts of the white spectators.
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Orally dictated and written down by thomas pringle; editorial note remarks about certain redundancies omitted from the narrative: the nature of the omitted information are not identified, brings to light the question. Slave narrative comes out of the lengthy tradition of dehumanization and demoralization. Prince is entirely capable of surpassing the flaw intellect and emotions of a culture that tries to keep her enslaved. In london, where she is free" but without a character reference and is regarded with suspicion. Her and thomas pringle aim to create a character reference for her, so she may get back to antigua and to her estranged husband. Importance of slave narrative: subjectivity: coming into self- representation, means of opening of a dialogue between blacks and white, first persons accounts of violence, horror. Metaphors: shrouding the children as she takes them to be sold shrouding as a metaphor of clothing persons for death.

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