ENG215H1 Lecture Notes - Gender Role, Hail, Intertextuality

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG215H1
Professor
Close reading
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?
Prarie realism
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
gender role
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
objectification
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
tradition"
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
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