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Lecture 6

ENG239H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Nerium, Farah Mendlesohn, Unreliable Narrator


Department
English
Course Code
ENG239H1
Professor
Mike Johnstone
Lecture
6

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Lecture'6'–'The'Haunting'of'Hill'House!
" Todorov!and!Hesitation!
" The!Haunting!of!Hill!House!
o Eleanor!as!Maker!of!Fairytales!
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" something!unpleasant!about!this!place!–!“diseased”,!“vile”!
" a!message!from!the!house!
" Hill!house!IS!vile,!it!IS!diseased”!
" she!see’s!the!house!and!is!immediately!drawn!away!from!it!–!instinctive!
" “vile”!–!implies!evil,!unpleasant,!demonic!
" infected!by!the!house!–!“disease”!
" to!say!a!house!is!diseased!–!has!a!body,!animate,!alive!
o house!is!sicked?!House!was!once!“healthy”!
o what!made!it!diseased?!Separated!off?!Quarantined!to!prevent!its!spreading!
" why!does!Eleanor!feel!like!she!should!get!away!immediately?!–!very!based!on!Eleanor’s!perspective!
" she!shivers,!but!don’t!know!what!made!her!shiver!
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" the!basic!question:!is!the!fantastic!in!the!story!real?!Or!illusion!of!the!product!of!the!characters!
imagination?!
" What!is!the!status!of!the!supernatural?!
" The!idea!of!hesitation!is!experienced!by!characters!of!the!story!–!especially!the!protagonist!!!functions!
as!a!reader!
" Hesitation!–!is!the!supernatural!read!or!just!an!illusion?!
" “maybe”!“perhaps”!“seem”!“as!though”!–!words!of!approximation!!!things!seem!to!be!like!this!
" specific!language!!
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" ambiguity!
" makes!a!space!for!the!reader!to!speculate!and!figure!things!out!
" the!experience!of!horror!comes!from!“not!knowing”!
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