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English
Course
ENGL 2740
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J.S
Semester
Fall

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ENGL*2740 11.1 prezi notes M Nov 21/11 child-adult, young/old, play/work, innocence/experience, nonsense/sense? (not exactly opposite) Making sense of "nonsense" Roland Barthes on reading pleasures: plaisir (comfortable, soothing, familiar) vs. jouissance (bliss, sexual orgasm- disruptive and explosive form of pleasure- throws us out of our usual path of understanding something) Edward Lear's Victorian "nonsense": our example is "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1871) *what forms of reading pleasure does this text offer? Plasir: Animal characters, take comfort because this is familiar within the literary frameworks comfortable rhythm romance plot very little conflict escapism, characters running away, escape for the reader as well Jouissance: tensions under the surface- owl and cat- natural enemies no gender, assume cat is female and owl male: but its the cat thats steering the boat and suggests marriage, disrupts our idea of the romance story nonsense: animals can talk, allows hyperbolic nutty tales that we can accept as true. Allows for a playful use of language- invent language (runcible spoon) *is there a form of "sense" underlying this nonsense poem? Yes, ie: romance plot- we understand it in relation to other stories idea of marriage trade, commerce, a capitalist economy so much baggage, built on very dense ideological structures
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