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Lecture 30

ENG328Y1 Lecture 30: Lecture 30
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Greig Henderson

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Day of the Locust
Almost as if West has deconstructed LA and reimagined it as a kind of
Paradise Lost
Can only be saved by burning
A new fascist and authoritarian state with emerge
Black humour is unending
Everything (landscape, signs, ads, etc.) seem to hold symbolic weight
Relatively innocent individual pitted against the society
Joan Gideon
Like Conrad's London
West's city on fire
Reimagines apocalypse and projects it onto the Los Angeles landscape
Todd looking at the world as an artist
Also with the detached commentary of an outsider
Disinterested contemplation of beauty (Kant)
Objective, impartial (vs. uninterested - not interested)
§
appreciates the need for attractive presentation
charitable assessment of the architecture
grotesqueness of their incongruity disturbs him
American dream dump
Mary Flannery O'Connor
Born in 1925 in Savannah, Georgia
To a well-established Catholic family in the South
Rarity
Father got disseminated Lupus
Died in 1941 when she was 16
Graduates from Women's college, attends University of Iowa, gets married,
gets MFA
Moves to Saratoga City, NY
Lived in NYC and Connecticut
Returns to Georgia with the same Lupus
Wise Blood is published in 1952 at 27
Dies at 39 in 1964 in Georgia
Started off with a gift of cartooning and satire
See elements of caricature, emotional flatness and violence
Deeper kinds of realism
Not a lot of political content
Wise Blood
Premise is that the realm of the sacred, the holy penetrates this world and
violently affects it
No reconciliation of opposites
In-burnt knowledge of human limitation is not always given
Sometimes have it thrust upon them, often violently (e.g. via anal rape)
You don't need to be a Christian to read her because you can read it
existentially
You're in the same state of unknowability in each case
Transformation of secular meaninglessness into divine mystery
Theologically inequivalent but existentially equivalent
Heidegger - man is a creature of distances
Inability to get outside of the situation
Being unto death
Met mortality with gusto
Writing with a pencil in her mouth
"The dead don't bother with particulars"
"Reached the age of 10 and is still alive" (Preface)
"must be about matters of life and death"
"congenitally innocent in theory"
Wise Blood refers to Enoch Emery who thinks he has his father's wise blood
Haze Moates - name gives us the entire initiation process
Minimalist redemption at the end
Pinpoint of light
Everybody who looks at haze knows that he's Christ-haunted
Except himself
Almost never do we see from Haze's point of view
Rarely are we made privy to his thoughts
No attempt to reproduce his inner speech, memetic voice
Non-mimetic mode of the grotesque
Discipline and flat sentences counterweight the bizarre and grotesque
characters
Ironic voice from West
Haze modelled on Miss Lonelyhearts
Repudiates the Christ-complex though
Discipline and flat-sentences
Deadpan style and grotesque subject matter accentuates the themes
Religious rejection of religion
You don't blaspheme without having an investment in the blasphemous
Warped existentialism is presented
Variation of Poe's William Wilson
Obsessively avoiding Jesus
Lecture 30
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Lecture 30 Wednesday, February 1, 2017 1:31 PM Day of the Locust Almost as if West has deconstructed LA and reimagined it as a kind of Paradise Lost Can only be saved by burning A new fascist and authoritarian state with emerge Black humour is unending Everything (landscape, signs, ads, etc.) seem to hold symbolic weight Relatively innocent individual pitted against the society Joan Gideon Like Conrads London Wests city on fire Reimagines apocalypse and projects it onto the Los Angeles landscape Todd looking at the world as an artist Also with the detached commentary of an outsider Disinterested contemplation of beauty (Kant) Objective, impartial (vs. uninterested not interested) appreciates the need for attractive presentation charitable assessment of the architecture grotesqueness of their incongruity disturbs him American dream dump Mary Flannery OConnor Born in 1925 in Savannah, Georgia To a wellestablished Catholic family in the South Rarity Father got disseminated Lupus Died in 1941 when she was 16 Graduates from Womens college, attends University of Iowa, gets married, gets MFA Moves to Saratoga City, NY Lived in NYC and Connecticut Returns to Georgia with the same Lupus Wise Blood is published in 1952 at 27 Dies at 39 in 1964 in Georgia Started off with a gift of cartooning and satire
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