Class Notes (922,490)
CA (542,854)
UTSC (32,922)
English (1,522)
ENGC69H3 (22)
Lecture 16

ENGC69 Lecture 16: 10.1 The Cure for Death by Lightning
Premium

2 Pages
118 Views

Department
English
Course Code
ENGC69H3
Professor
Sonja Nikkila

This preview shows half of the first page. Sign up to view the full 2 pages of the document.
10.1 Cure for Death by Lightning
Background: Critics Thoughts
● ratherthanassumetheGothicasastatictheme,itisamoving/evolvingentitymeaning,wedon’tfully
knowwhattheCanadianGothicisdefinedby
○ describedascomplexpoeticsthatshiftacrosshistoricalandnationalboundaries
○ moving,takingup,incorporating
● ‘literarypatchwork’
○ hybridityofvariousthemespatchedtogethertocreateanewlife(likeFrankenstein’smonster)
○ notgenre,butwhateverentitystandsforthenationisundonebyanuncannyotherness;
tendencytodeconstructanationalsubject
○ putsreaderattheedgeofthisdeconstructionundoesourcertaintyofanationalself
● mainlyconcernedwithwhocamefirstnativevs.nonnativeconfrontations
○ notlookingbackintothepast,butilluminateownownpeopleandage
○ sensethatthereissomethingbehind;someperpetualothernesshiddenwithin
○ spectreofothernessthathauntsthehouseofnationalnarrative
● CharlesBrockdenBrown(1stAmericanGothicwriter)GothictalksaboutthenativeandEuropean
clashasamainmode
● pronouncedassociationoftheGothicwiththenativepeoples
○ EuropeanGothicexpressesthreatstoapatriarchalsociety
○ Canadianfocusesonthethreatofthelegacy/authorityofnatives,andthethreatofamatriarchal
orderorescapefrompatriarchalsociety
Patriarchal British Law as the Gothic
● BritishLaw:
○ questionofwhyGothichasstrandsoffeministcriticismandtheory
○ LadyCavendish(1662)wrotethatwomenare“buriedintheirhouses/beds”andthatthey“liveas
batsanddielikeworms”
■ L.Cdoesnotspeakofwhetherthemenarekindornot,butfocusesontheisolationof
womenfromoneanother
■ theladiesareunabletoassociatewithoneanother;fearofpowerinfemalesolidarity
○ CureforDeathByLighting
hasBethbecomefriendswithNora,whoprecipitatesBeth’srebellion
● Blackstone(lawofEngland)thelegalorveryexistenceofthewomanisbannedwhensheismarried
○ themeofpossessiontheyarepossessedbytheirhusbands;theyarealreadyghostsliving
underEnglishpatriarchallaws
○ womenarereducedtoacipher
:asymbolthatdenotes‘noamount’
■ the‘dead’or‘zero’wife
○ Englishlawsareseenascastlesofchivalryfromthepast,yetlivedinbymodernpeople
■ feministwomenwriters(evenbeforetheWomen’sRightsMovement)drewananalogy
betweenmarriageandslavery;itisthelawfulformofslavery
● theselawsofpatriarchalpropertieshauntBethinCFDBL,
evenifittakesplacehundredsofyearsaway
Lesbianism in Gothic
● Gothicfictionhashomosexualityasasignificantthreattowardsthepatriarchalsociety
○ nochildren=nolineage=fear!;thereisnocontroloflineageandwherethepropertygoes
○ womencouldsetupshop,makemoney,andundocapitalismbyfemaleworkpower
● Freuddoesagoodjoboftalkingaboutthefearoffemalegenitalia

Loved by over 2.2 million students

Over 90% improved by at least one letter grade.

Leah — University of Toronto

OneClass has been such a huge help in my studies at UofT especially since I am a transfer student. OneClass is the study buddy I never had before and definitely gives me the extra push to get from a B to an A!

Leah — University of Toronto
Saarim — University of Michigan

Balancing social life With academics can be difficult, that is why I'm so glad that OneClass is out there where I can find the top notes for all of my classes. Now I can be the all-star student I want to be.

Saarim — University of Michigan
Jenna — University of Wisconsin

As a college student living on a college budget, I love how easy it is to earn gift cards just by submitting my notes.

Jenna — University of Wisconsin
Anne — University of California

OneClass has allowed me to catch up with my most difficult course! #lifesaver

Anne — University of California
Description
10.1 Cure for Death by Lightning Background: Critics Thoughts rather than assume the Gothic as a static theme, it is a movingevolving entity meaning, we dont fully know what the Canadian Gothic is defined by described as complex poetics that shift across historical and national boundaries moving, taking up, incorporating literary patchwork hybridity of various themes patched together to create a new life (like Frankensteins monster) not genre, but whatever entity stands for the nation is undone by an uncanny otherness tendency to deconstruct a national subject puts reader at the edge of this deconstruction undoes our certainty of a national self mainly concerned with who came first native vs. nonnative confrontations not looking back into the past, but illuminate own own people and age sense that there is something behind some perpetual otherness hidden within spectre of otherness that haunts the house of national narrative Charles Brockden Brown (1st American Gothic writer) Gothic talks about the native and European clash as a main mode pronounced association of the Gothic with the native peoples European Gothic expresses threats to a patriarchal society Canadian focuses on the threat of the legacyauthority of natives, and the threat of a matriarchal order or escape from patriarchal society Patriarchal British Law as the Gothic British Law: question of why Gothic has strands of feminist crit
More Less
Unlock Document


Only half of the first page are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


OR

Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit