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ENG503 Lecture 5 The Dispossessed 07-02-2014
ENG503 Lecture 5 The Dispossessed 07-02-2014

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Ryerson University
ENG 503
David Copeland

ENG 503       Lecture 5          07/02/14 Lecture 5 07-Feb-14 Vea – femininity in its object form - Invested w/ power by males, - But limited in her power - An an exciter of male attention (the male gaze), - And confined to an essentially social role as hostess, etc - She could be so much more o Allows herself to be objectified. - Object in other light o Her swallowing whole social Darwinist male ideas o About the social necessity of Survival of the Fittest  Ideas which she argues for with some heat at the party  And which she allows her to further underestimate and so dismiss Shevek… who seems less than a man to her at their parting Takver – multifaceted character with as many social roles as there are private sides to her personality - Female scientist with a meaningful job - A lover - A mother - A partner in political (even revolutionary) activity - And one of perhaps two people (Bedap s the other) who understands Shevek – often better than he understands himself Through all three characters Le Guin argues for the imp of women given the contribution they make in these societies, esp. Annarian society, for reminding us of ways women willingly limit themselves in relations with men, for promoting women’s role in the process of scientific (and political) advancement.. and for advancing the cause of female/male equality Rulag is seen as cold. DISPOSSESSED Synopsis th - Indebted to 19 century C Russian anarchist, Prince Alekseevich Kropotkin (1842-1921) o Published ‘Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution’ in 1902 - Le Guin recognized other influences on her political though in the evolution of her utopian novel o including the Taoist philosophy of Chuang Tzu (a disciple of Lao Tzu) o And the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (see his poem “The Mask of Anarchy” as well as “Queen Mab” and his pamphlet The Declaration of Rights)  [Shelley was firmly opposed to authoritarian gov’t] - LG writes “Odonianism is anarchism. Not the bomb in the pocket stuff, which is terrorism…; no the social Darwinist ‘libertarianism’ of the far right, but anarchism, as prefigure in early Taoist though… ENG 503       Lecture 5          07/02/14 - For Pt. 2 (allusions to Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid) nothe following passages in the dispossessed:  Ch. 4 pg 117 His unhappy re
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