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
Edward Lear's Victorian "nonsense": our example is "The Owl and the
*what forms of reading pleasure does this text offer?
Plasir: Animal characters, take comfort because this is familiar within
the literary frameworks
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
nonsense: animals can talk, allows hyperbolic nutty tales that we can
accept as true. Allows for a playful use of language- invent language
*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