ENG110Y5 Lecture Notes - Bildungsroman, Omen, Tephra

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Published on 16 Apr 2013
School
UTM
Department
English
Course
ENG110Y5
Professor
Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus
Master plot- ingraved in culture, new takes on the story (story more poplular than the written work)
1816: Year Without A Summer: largest volcanic eruption
-spread ash misty/dark atmosphere brooding
-high levels of tephra
-Poet[ Percy Shelly]: ran away with Mary Godwin to Villa Diodota (Lorn Virin)
-Year without summer- cold/rainy (no enjoyment/inspiration)=> instead, tell ghost stories
- Mary Shelly has a dream
Romantic Period
-enlightment by science
-Nature radicals facsinated by deaths
-ie. Poet goes to mountain top to write a passionate novel [go to locations/nature]
-classic/pagan/eastern folklore
The Gothic Novel
-young heroine taken away to a mysterious castle (creeks/portrait eyes follow you) explained at the
end (sometimes)
-grotesque/sinister/out-of-bounds/the sublime (esthetic mode)
-Take place in Italy/ places with passion (not England: modernism/scientific)
The uncanny Valley
-something familiar yet strange (ie. Doppelgangers, coincidences, déjà vu, repetition of the same, the
absurd (look through a window to someone talking on a phone animated way, can’t hear them but its
funny/ taken out of life “that’s weird”)
-return of the repressed
- things that resemble humans are cute/adorable unless they resemble too much ...(uncanny valley)
freaks us out
- Frankenstein is the bottom of uncanny valley (too real...creepy)
The Sublime
-an esthetic mode and philosophy (at a certain distance of fear/danger turns into pleasure)
-ie. Your life=horror movie, but watch as safe distance= pleasurable
-distance scale: huge
-powerful/moody/nature is brooding/nature is scary, but we’re lucky to experience it from a distance
-is it the diff between the characters inside the painting or the audience ?
-Astonishment- effect of sublime
-noticing your own insignificance
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Master plot- ingraved in culture, new takes on the story (story more poplular than the written work) 1816: year without a summer: largest volcanic eruption. Poet[ percy shelly]: ran away with mary godwin to villa diodota (lorn virin) Year without summer- cold/rainy (no enjoyment/inspiration)=> instead, tell ghost stories. Ie. poet goes to mountain top to write a passionate novel [go to locations/nature] Young heroine taken away to a mysterious castle (creeks/portrait eyes follow you) explained at the end (sometimes) Take place in italy/ places with passion (not england: modernism/scientific) Something familiar yet strange (ie. doppelgangers, coincidences, d j vu, repetition of the same, the absurd (look through a window to someone talking on a phone animated way, can"t hear them but its funny/ taken out of life that"s weird ) Things that resemble humans are cute/adorable unless they resemble too much (uncanny valley) freaks us out. Frankenstein is the bottom of uncanny valley (too realcreepy)

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