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Lecture 40

ENG328Y1 Lecture 40: Lecture 40
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ENG328Y1
Professor
Greig Henderson

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The Comedians
Better to do evil than to do nothing
Private comedy enfolding within the confines of the greater social tragedy
Published in 1966
Purpose was to fight the horror of orthodox dictatorship
Archetypal motif
Descent into the underworld
Secular connection with Dante's Divine Comedy
Medea - vengeful bitch from Greek mythology - kills her children to avenge
her husband's betrayal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea
Watches over their journey
Medusa has 'iron grey waves in her hair'
Wife is a type of medusa
'she would have given me paralysis'
27 references
Henry James reference included (pg. 254)
Last night in hotel - it was a good place for a while
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The good place is a kind of imaginary place that all of us project to an
extent
Self-consciousness narrator with elements of metafictional self-reflexiveness
Identity fictionalised by his own narrative
Theme of monumentalisation and commemoration
Pink gin - what all officers drink - cocktail
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have a great love for coloured people
Think meat and alcohol cause acidity
Acidity and passion cause vegetarianism
Tarts vs. toffs
Thanatoptic image of the pool as a place of death
Brown's life is one of abandonment
Goddess Fortuna - ideal maternal figure + idea erotic figure
Combining the erotic and the maternal protection
Image of the perpetual spinning wheel
No one really begins in randomness
The house always wins
Mother fixation
All women are agents of redemption
Mini Bildungsroman
Older woman unlocking the next step
Return to where the journey began - back to the hotel
Both Medea and Medusa's allure is one that may mean death
Hotel becomes a sexualised tourist's paradise
Consummation of erotic dream
Vision of great good place seems rather juvenile
Acutely aware of the fact that he is recounting a comedy within a tragedy
Haiti is a country of death, a vast metropolis
1:14 PM

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Lecture 40 Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:14 PM The Comedians Better to do evil than to do nothing Private comedy enfolding within the confines of the greater social tragedy Published in 1966 Purpose was to fight the horror of orthodox dictatorship Archetypal motif Descent into the underworld Secular connection with Dantes Divine Comedy Medea vengeful bitch from Greek mythology kills her children to avenge her husbands betrayal https:en.wikipedia.orgwikiMedea Watches over their journey Medusa has iron grey waves in her hair Wife is a type of medusa she would have given me paralysis 27 references Henry James reference included (pg. 254) Last night in hotel it was a good place for a while The good place is a kind of imaginary place that all of us project to an extent Selfconsciousness narrator with elements of metafictional selfreflexiveness Identity fictionalised by his own narrative Theme of monumentalisation and commemoration Pink gin what all officers drink cocktail Mr. and Mrs. Smith have a great love for coloured people Think meat and alcohol cause acidity Acidity and passion cause vegetarianism Tarts vs. toffs Thanatoptic image of the pool as a place of death Browns life is one of abandonment Goddess Fortuna ideal maternal figure + idea erotic figure Combining the erotic and the maternal protection Image of the perpetual spinning wheel No one really begins in randomness The house always wins Mother fixation All women are agents of redemption
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