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Lecture 13

ENG328Y1 Lecture Notes - Narration, Social Darwinism, E-Book
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ENG328Y1
Professor
Greig Henderson

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Description of Verloc's murder
Thinks he's off the hook
Devours his supper
Striking is his lack of empathy
Cannot see the value of Stevie in Winnie's eyes
Not designed to incite sympathy
Almost scientific
Repetition of leisurely
The idea that he could dash around the table is improbable
Doesn’t protest
Robust anarchist (Ossipon) isn't so robust once he discovers Verloc's body
Women are paradigms of self sacrifice by contrast
Stevie is the idiot scapegoat who brings the morality into focus
Raw material for a cannibal feast
Literally torn to pieces
Pollution, purification and expiation
Act, suffering, knowledge
Characteristic error in the act
§
Then some things suffer
§
And then at the end there is usually some recognition
§
Catharsis works to purify
Heat loses his appetite is all
No purification or recognition
Stevie is the demented Christ figure for the human race
Innocent but pitiless rage
The secret agent is the potential for violence in all of us
Psychological identification in the doubling
No recognition
The assistant commissioner doesn’t recognise anything of himself in
the commissioner
Real and secret danger lurking in feminine compassion
Question of the other who just might be up
Psychological complexity absent in this novel
Perfect anarchist, professor, talks about the writings of the apostle
Neo-Nietzschian, Social Darwinist writing (see notes on ebook)
Newspaper account of Winnie's suicide
Conrad seems prone to nihilistic despair
At a low-point
Control or punishment of this nihilistic impulse is usually at the end of
these
Marlow's worldview is a better defence against nihilism than an omniscient
narrator
A lack of adjectives are a better defence against nihilistic despair than
an abundance
Bericksome - laughter of the new age
Humanistic sympathy and scientific detachment
"Soft kind of rock"
Obsession with obesity is comic
So many overweight characters
Intent on burdening his characters with a comic encumbrance
Grotesque allusions to eating
Descriptions of cannibalisms
§
Soul is overwhelmed by the embarrassing claims of the body
No one is morally engaged with anything
Heat is not engaged by Stevie's fragmentation
§
Calls attention Heat's physical being when it is the moral being we need
to see
Comically attacks the modern clockwork mechanistic thinking of the
professional world
Objective/scientific time vs. subjective time
Clock movements vs. the movement of memories
Extensive exteriority vs interiority
Felt duration - intensity of feeling is more important
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Lecture 13 The Secret Agent Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:08 PM Description of Verlocs murder Thinks hes off the hook Devours his supper Striking is his lack of empathy Cannot see the value of Stevie in Winnies eyes Not designed to incite sympathy Almost scientific Repetition of leisurely The idea that he could dash around the table is improbable Doesnt protest Robust anarchist (Ossipon) isnt so robust once he discovers Verlocs body Women are paradigms of self sacrifice by contrast Stevie is the idiot scapegoat who brings the morality into focus Raw material for a cannibal feast Literally torn to pieces Pollution, purification and expiation Act, suffering, knowledge Characteristic error in the act Then some things suffer And then at the end there is usually some recognition Catharsis works to purify Heat loses his appetite is all No purification or recognition Stevie is the demented Christ figure for the human race Innocent but pitiless rage The secret agent is the potential for violence in all of us Psychological identification in the doubling No recognition The assistant commissioner doesnt recognise anything of himself in the commissioner Real and secret danger lurking in feminine compassion Question of the other who just might be up Psychological complexity absent in this novel Perfect anarchist, professor, talks about the writings of the apostle NeoNietzschian, Social Darwinist writing (see notes on ebook) Newspaper account of Winnies suicide
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