ENG210 LEC08

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Published on 11 Oct 2011
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG210Y1
Lecture 8
- Question that individuality as ideology that is realized and normalized
- Crusoe’s relationship with beings on island is from fact that he represents a
fundamentally new relationship in world
- How to engage with book in meaning…
oRespond to book positively/negatively
Negative interpretation of book pass moral judgement
emotional response (analytical and interpretation)
- Why is Crusoe all these things?
o1st time in western literature history – a character who’s not mythic, not
archetypal, not a god, or not example of particular quality
Character of particular individual
oGrounded in plot that’s not traditional; in a local setting we recognize
- Realism? What constitutes realism?
oRealism of text 0 not in details of plot’ in details of his interaction with
world (relationship with father before being isolated on island)
oCrucial to Realism text
He engages to minutia of his daily activities
Miracle = divine intervention of physical world
oBecause he can’t explain it, he says its miraculous
Later, realizes it’s not miraculous but
providence (what God put into place)
- Science says NO MIRACLES
oOnly cause and effect
Robinson Crusoe
- End of journey is not heaven (transcendent)
oNovel does not lead out of this world but INTO this world
oLarger process secularization (process of removing sacred from world;
leaving it defined in terms of mechanics and materialism; natural law that
can’t be violated) of world
- Political authority for 2000 years = GOD
oNow, political leaders, people
- Growth of markets = increasing colonization of al aspects of life (ex: Christmas
becomes an economic holiday)
- Rather than transcendence, spiritual awakening lead Crusoe into this world not
out
o1st economic hero (Crusoe) all his relationships are economic
oAlmost all he does in emotional crisis is engaged with economic import
(ex: goats, selling Jury who helped him escape)
Nothing in book is not measured to his self
Working out theory of concept of individualism
Kind of working out its possibilities which is reduced to its
most essential relationships of world
- Basic thinking of what precedes this social world: man vs. man (Hobbes)
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Question that individuality as ideology that is realized and normalized. Crusoe"s relationship with beings on island is from fact that he represents a fundamentally new relationship in world. How to engage with book in meaning : respond to book positively/negatively. Negative interpretation of book pass moral judgement emotional response (analytical and interpretation) Why is crusoe all these things: 1st time in western literature history a character who"s not mythic, not archetypal, not a god, or not example of particular quality. He engages to minutia of his daily activities: miracle = divine intervention of physical world, because he can"t explain it, he says its miraculous. Later, realizes it"s not miraculous but providence (what god put into place) Science says no miracles: only cause and effect. Political authority for 2000 years = god: now, political leaders, people becomes an economic holiday) Growth of markets = increasing colonization of al aspects of life (ex: christmas.