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Published on 5 Oct 2011
School
UTSC
Department
English
Course
ENGC36H3
Professor
Prior to this period only the highly educated had access to printed material
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Now more than upper classes were entering the conversation
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New ideas, readers, demographics
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The modernity of literature
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Looking at material that came out in 1660 - 1820 (40)
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Understanding in more rational way
Age of enlightenment and reasoning
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Response - critical look at one of the pieces thus far
Neoclassic - not just upper classes were reading and writing, creating new dichotomies
Classic vs modern
1.
Classics - need to know the foundation of literature (i.e. Plato, Aristotle, etc.)
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Considered uneducated and "low brow
Referred to as "brilliant" by their own because everything and anything was considered modern
and relevant
Modernist - didn't know the classics, but interesting because they had more relevant perspectives
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Sublime vs beautiful
2.
Sublime - overpowering, masculine
Beautiful - more dainty, pretty, feminine
Referring to esthetic appeal
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Public vs domestic spheres
3.
Women were lumped with prostitutes for wanting to write - inappropriate
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Shouldn't congregate in public, man's sphere to discuss ideas
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Colonial expansion, "British presence"
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Intersection of culture and business
4.
Coffee houses used to produce ideas
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When something is commercialized does it remain leisure, or is it just a business venture?
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City vs rural OR urban vs pastoral
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Going to read pastoral literature
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Gender roles
6.
Men's and women's bodies were pretty much the same functionally, but men were considered better
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Sex = anatomical; gender = masculine/ feminine
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New ideas of how bodies and sex worked, never considered equal, but rather that they worked in
different ways and men were naturally superior and in the public sphere
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Nature was an acceptable view, and reinforced ideologies
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Rise of the Novel
Source of entertainment
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Culturally influential
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Threatened status quo
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Read across statuses, widely popular
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Wrote about young individuals having autonomy over whole life decisions - previously thought to be
impenetrable (ideas about sex, courtship, marriage, etc)
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Intro Lecture
Monday, September 12, 2011
4:37 PM
C. de Souza ENGC36H3 Page 1
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Prior to this period only the highly educated had access to printed material. Now more than upper classes were entering the conversation. Looking at material that came out in 1660 - 1820 (40) Chaotic because of the shift in power/ stratification. Response - critical look at one of the pieces thus far. Neoclassic - not just upper classes were reading and writing, creating new dichotomies. Classics - need to know the foundation of literature (i. e. plato, aristotle, etc. ) Modernist - didn"t know the classics, but interesting because they had more relevant perspectives. Referred to as brilliant by their own because everything and anything was considered modern and relevant. Women were lumped with prostitutes for wanting to write - inappropriate. Shouldn"t congregate in public, man"s sphere to discuss ideas. Men"s and women"s bodies were pretty much the same functionally, but men were considered better.