ENG215H1 Lecture Notes - Gender Role, Hail, Intertextuality
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–deliberate attempt to detach from plot and story of narrative and pay attention to imagery,
allusion, intertextuality, syntax, and form in writing
–active consumptation of texts
–HOW meaning is structured and conveyed through its language
–we do not attempt close reading of an entire short story
–look at particular important sentences, phrases, or a single paragraph
How to do close reading:
•why the particular words, iamges, grammatical constructions, punctuations?
•How do these choices affect your responses as a reader
•what other choices may have been made?
•Allusions or quotation from other works of lit or other texts?
•HOW DOES THE VERBAL TEXTURE OF THIS PARAGRAPH ILLUMINATE THE
THME OF THE STORY?
–Canadian writers have been traditionally sympathetic to women
–have been criticized as too "real"
–one story about a woman inducing abortion was considered pornographic
Lazybones, by Grove
•"energy betrayed herself"
◦strives to keep things hidden
◦betray: unintentionally reveal
▪highlights Liz's problems – her capabilities makes it hard for her to conform to her
▪aligns the daughter with mother, and the boys with the father
•the shoe problem is shared between the sons and Walt
◦contrast against other women (pg57)
▪Irene = a looker and a high stepper
•gender roles also projected onto the children
•Walt is almost unapologetically lazy
◦contrast against John in A Field of Wheat – the stereotypical ambitious midwest farmer
◦also a non-conformer
◦emphasis on his own good looks
▪pg 52: "cowboy"
▪pg 53: "handsome, big, tall, striking face, a figure to attract girls"
▪pg 54: "shake handsome man, smooth milky skin"
•Liz had married Walt against general dissent
◦"he had done this one thing, he had stayed on the farm...enabled her to stay in her own
▪her own tradition refers to her working on the farm, take on more of the management
of the farm
▪recasting of the notion of tradition
◦in spite of everything, she loves him – so many "in spite of's": very compromised love
▪Walt also has many "but's" – dog-gone poor etc
▪"I suppose so", a muted demure reply from the robust Liz