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Lecture 41

ENG328Y1 Lecture 41: Lecture 41
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ENG328Y1
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Greig Henderson

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The Comedians
Swimming pool becomes one of death
Haiti is paradisal at a distance, but obscene up close
Erotic and maternal are blissfully conjoined
Novel scattered with statues
The power of mind over the universe of death - Coleridge
Revolutionary romanticism associated with Frye and Blake
Conforming to the ways of our desire
Shift in genre of the story from the pastoral to the heroic
Private comedy to public tragedy
Major Jones at the centre of this shift
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
One of the few post-war characters that obtained household recognition
Very thin characters that the reader feels obliged to construct a much thicker
interpretation
Deliberately minimalist style
We feel compelled to turn flat caricatures into round characters
Interested in how much we can really know about anybody
Or how much an omniscient narrator can know about her characters
By reducing Brodie to her maxims, we all become her pupils
We never leave the school
We never see her prime
Maybe to speak of one's prime is to no longer be in it
Maybe this is a compensation for her spinsterhood
Brief, paragraph-long interruptions telling us what will happen to the girl
Both proleptic and analeptic
We know Mary will die very young
We know that Sandy, Brodie's betrayer, will be a nun
We know the rest of the girls marry well
Will any of them have their prime?
Most of them seem to have their primes at school
Deep limitations of authorial control
Novelist adopts god-like powers of omniscience
How much can they know
Every time we presume to know anything about anyone else, we
become novelists
Pg. 73 - girls writing what they think Brodie would say
Short blades of elegant sentences sever the formulaic and expected
Officially fired for teaching fascism
Concerned with the erotics of teaching
Uses her authority to seduce and bully at the same time
Primitive ways by which people know and label each other
They are all known for one thing
Simple notorieties used repetitively almost as a tag
Only way we can know these characters
Paradox - made real to us in a collection of brief sketches
Really, she is not known
We know her just as her pupils did
By her performance as a teacher
Forces us to become her pupils but never let us enter into her life
Pg. 15 - Mary's death is foreshadowed on Pg. 76
Same language used
Weird scrambling of time
To use of a foreshadowing device not as a foreshadowing device
Lecture 41
Monday, March 20, 2017
2:12 PM

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Lecture 41 Monday, March 20, 2017 2:12 PM The Comedians Swimming pool becomes one of death Haiti is paradisal at a distance, but obscene up close Erotic and maternal are blissfully conjoined Novel scattered with statues The power of mind over the universe of death Coleridge Revolutionary romanticism associated with Frye and Blake Conforming to the ways of our desire Shift in genre of the story from the pastoral to the heroic Private comedy to public tragedy Major Jones at the centre of this shift The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie One of the few postwar characters that obtained household recognition Very thin characters that the reader feels obliged to construct a much thicker interpretation Deliberately minimalist style We feel compelled to turn flat caricatures into round characters Interested in how much we can really know about anybody Or how much an omniscient narrator can know about her characters By reducing Brodie to her maxims, we all become her pupils We never leave the school We never see her prime Maybe to speak of ones prime is to no longer be in it Maybe this is a compensation for her spinsterhood Brief, paragraphlong interruptions telling us what will happen to the girl Both proleptic and analeptic We know Mary will die very young We know that Sandy, Brodies betrayer, will be a nun We know the rest of the girls marry well Will any of them have their prime? Most of them seem to have their primes at school Deep limitations of authorial control Novelist adopts godlike powers of omniscience How much can they know Every time we presume to know anything about anyone else, we
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