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Lecture 14

ENG250Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: American Literature, Time Perception, The Sketch

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Melissa Gniadek

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Lecture 14: Washington Irving: Rip Van Winkle, The
Legend of Sleepy Hallow
Monday, November 2, 2015
1:08 PM
Travel narrative theme throughout all readings
The New Nation's Histories
Washington Irving: Two short stories in larger collection
Published in America and England
A part of new national American literature
Consciously American response to Old-world literature
Discussed as America's first professional writer
Financial uncertainty in America in 1819
Short story form is important to note
Creating short story as a new genre
The Sketch Book has gaps between the stories, not full narrative/novel
Relates to the back and forth between England and America, literary authority
Express ambivalence in the "new America", as they contribute to crafting the
larger mythology Irving attempts to create in his Sketchbook
Questions Book and history
Questions myth/lore/talk
Dutch settlers, location and local history matters to these stories
Layers of history within a place
Fairy-tale like
Going back in time sense
Rip Van Winkle
He's there, but he's not
Not totally lazy
He sits around talking, not productive labour
He helps other people
The wives like him because he's available, simple, good natured
Not doing the things he's supposed to be doing
Family is important, not doing things to get family moving forward
oSon is the same as him, wife is overbearing, hen-pecked
Wakes up from slumber 1130
aslHe now hurried forth… 1131
Slept for 20 years missed the Revolution
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