ENGC54H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Thomas Campion, Ventriloquism

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How meaning is conveyed through form and language - how is it presented
Significances of those ideas, analyze the story - SO WHAT?!?
Explore ambiguities
How does the passage relate to the whole, without summarizing the whole piece
The toilet
It is so strong that even the two sisters fall out
The narrator is similar to the speaker in "the Worten story"
Kind of liberating, even though discussing the limitations during the time
She has no private property, and so everything has to happen in public
Wasn't a common thing, because places where categorized by race
Private/public opposition
Moves from winter to spring and all the associations that come with spring - rebirth, fertility, new
When she cannot write in the toilet, and has to on a public park bench, she's claiming it as her own
Poetic Subjects
She's like a ventriloquist dummy for men to control
She's meant to be an artist who has self expression, but we are fixed on her beauty and physical
appearance - juxtaposition between the artist's subject and their beauty
Suggesting that she's being watched, and her identity is relational and dependent on the gaze of
someone else
Her beauty isn't even her own, her presentation is brought out by a man looking at her
Lacking agency and artistry that she has
When to her lute Coinna sings neither words nor music are her own; only the long hair dipping over her
cheek, only the song of silk against her knees and these adjusted in reflections of an eye (Rich,
Snapshots of a Daughter-in-law")
Thomas Campion "When to her lute Corinna Sings" c. 1601, this title is in the first stanza of Rich's poem
Corinna's work did not survive at all - she was written out of the western tradition
Sappo will become a model for the woman poet, especially if not heterosexual
In Ancient Greece women did write poetry (Sappo and Corinna)
In the western tradition, following Greeks, it is traditionally understood to be written by a man, inspired
by women
Petrarchan sonnet, the epic, elegies
Women's poetry tends to be very self conscious
"[V]erse genres have been even more thoroughly male than fictional ones" (Gilbert and Gubar, The
Madwoman in the Attic)
Women tend to write the body back into poetry
Gertrude Stein, "Patriarchal Poetry"
"if we look past Milton's bogey, for no human being should shut out the view" (Woolf, Room of One's
"Patriarchal poetry makes no mistake"; "patriarchal poetry is the same"; "There is no doubt about it"
"patriarchal poetry needs rectification"
Doesn’t make any sense
Connected to certainty, doubt,
Need to get away from fixity and shows a lack of structure and meaning; nothing is nailed down
Lecture 7 - 03/10
Monday, October 03, 2011
1:34 PM
C. de Souza ENGB51H3 Page 1
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