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Lecture

lecture 1


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC36H3
Professor
Holly Luhning

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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
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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
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Sublime - overpowering, masculine
Beautiful - more dainty, pretty, feminine
Referring to esthetic appeal
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Public vs domestic spheres
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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
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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
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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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