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Lecture 9

ENGL 3880 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Teddy Bear, When We Were Very Young, Cuteness

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ENGL 3880
J Schacker

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
-When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne!
Concerns son in 1924!
Now we were six, 1927!
Winnie the Pooh, 1926!
-Use of We in titles - plural!
Who are “we”? !
-Collective experience - parents even part of this experience !
-Speech Play!
Play with voice/modes of address!
Who is speaking and to whom they are speaking !
-Narrator and reader!
Reader addressed directly !
-Narrator and Christopher Robin speaking to each other !
-Christopher Robin speaking to Winnie the Pooh and vice versa!
-Narrator and Pooh speaking to each other !
-Reader does not have chance to speak back - only one !
Complex network of addressers and addressee!
-Complexities of Narration !
Approached another way!
Look to page 4 and 5!
-Narrator giving personality to Pooh - tells us that Pooh likes to play game !
Who is narrator speaking to?!
-To audience !
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Thursday, February 8, 2018
-Slippage between reporting past and if happening now? !
-Quoted speech gives immediacy !
Use of font, parenthesis !
On one hand - charm occurring with child interactions - discussing of story-
telling before happens but actually complicated !
Relationship of storytelling to past events!
-Christopher Robin reports what Pooh feels - speaks on his behalf !
Also seen on page 20!
-What is happening here in terms of voice and storytelling?!
What makes a story a real story?!
-Something that Christopher could not do on his own !
Adult-serving of imagining story time !
Story something that needs to be shared - communal !
Map in beginning !
-Universe created by child but stories told by adult - need adult to fully
complete !
-Narrator always there !
-Creation of 2 equally fictive worlds!
Domestic !
-Site of storytelling and sociability !
Hundred Acre Wood !
-Have interruptions to remind story-telling - open/close book in parallel !
-Both are equally fictive !
-Niall Nance-Carroll!
On Milne’s construction of multiple possible points of reader identification !
-Two settings have common characters but play dierent roles !
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