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University of Toronto Scarborough
Pouneh Saeedi

ENGC15 Articles about Jane Austen Essay: you look at the text, and you apply certain critical theories to it. Plato: women have wandering wombs  Wombs impact the entire body  Hysteria, Greek origin, hyster, meaning womb Jane Eyre  Sandra Grubar, and Gilbert‟s The Mad Woman in the Attic  Bertha Mason, Rochester‟s first wife, not Jane‟s rival, but her other half full of anxiety and angst Spivak:  Bertha Mason, Creole woman from West Indies, monstrous figure of colonial otherness and must perish  Jane Eyre can become the feminist individualist heroine of British fiction  Madwoman feared to be woman monomyth o Masquerading women in lit, Colette‟s “The Hidden Woman”  A Doctor‟s wife, goes to a masquerade ball and dances with all these people  He can‟t reprimand her, because though he‟s got an inkling that it‟s her, he can‟t stop her, „cause he can‟t be sure it‟s her  Suggests not only that the masquerade is a role, but the gentle middle- class femininity position of wife is also one o Masque: eyes wide shut  The anonymity, there‟s an agency uninhibited  You perform your being very freely  Your identity is hidden, no punishment  Women have an agency, yet they dissimulate that they don‟t by masking themselves All the above, similar feminist criticism stuff. Can write essay on that stuff. Masturbation:  Child = innocence, and masturbation is like a sin, lots of old wives‟ tales, so the masturbating child is like, a destruction of innocence and something or other The lively protagonist contrasted with the other, more docile character. Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth vs. Jane The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman): Jane vs. The protagonist Sense and Sensibility: Marianne (vs. Elinor The actual house at stake, the inheritance in all of Austen‟s books and in her real life vs. Dickinson‟s the House of Possibility Eve Sedgwick—one of the foremost scholars on lit and sexuality  Famous work: Epistemology of the Closet o Epistemology: study of knowledge o Closet: like, someone coming out of the closet, so homosexuality o Foucault, on the Author and in Discipline, and The History of Sexuality: talks about homosexuality in 1870, when people started talking about it, when it became something to be studied  Talks about knowledge in conjunction with power  Get to the truth of the prisoner‟s mind, you get knowledge through power  Power =/= punishment  Since we‟ve had the term, it‟s affected things beyond sexuality  Influence law, ps
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