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Lives of Girls and Women

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Department
English
Course
ENG252Y1
Professor
Robert Mc Gill
Semester
Winter

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23:58 January 11 2011 Dropping Barbra Gowdys Presbyterian Crosswalk Thursday February 17Leonard Cohen Suzanne Everybody Knows Closing Time (B&B 722ff) Reoccurring ThemesTopics so Far Eurocentrism Colonialism (stereotypes of Indians, vanishing or savage) Language- Margaret Atwood claims Moody struggles with language, a kind of language bound up in the land itself Romantic Nationalism The idea of a spirit in the landenvironment Community and the Individual Snow, Barometer Rising, -- what identity can an individual have under the pressure of collective bigger identity (community) Leacock- irony (public and private roles) Othering: Michel in Franklin (Indian is bad guy), Barometer Rising excludes whole African community Gender and CommunityNation Franklin- male British bodies suffering for their country Pauline, and Jesse Stein female strength and the tension it creates (A Jest of God) Realism and Realities Documentary, Prairie, psychological See authors wrestling with different realities Documentary like realism in Window is broken by the metaphysical Lives of Girls and Women is about visual realities and the undergrowth of mysterious realities Lives of Girls and Women The Flats Road Each chapter is almost a short story, break it down Alice Monroe- first book of shorts stories won Governor Generals Award Plurality of her stories deal with girls and women who have a background in small town, rural Ontario Lives of Girls and Women is her second bookonly book of hers called a novel Buildingsroman- Del grows until early adulthood, about to leave high school, Garnet French and a sexual relationship Its sexual explicitness has banded it from high schools in the past Kunstlerroman- a novel about the developmenteducation of an artist James Joyce- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1917) Both LGW and PAYM communities see artists badly www.notesolution.comStory set in a particular small town, local detail and interaction between Del and her home Gender matters too! Not just to personal identity but how one lives out ones live, the stories they tell First Paragraph He was not my uncle, or anybodies distancing impulse, shows how alone he is, eccentric, marginal figure in the community, creates unsettling beginning, from center to margins Slim, young, green ones, the juicy adolescent ones self reflexivity, Del and the reader are pursuing the story, through memory, her life in adolescence, she tries to put a lid on her childhood, metaphor for memoir Uncle Benny is a male at the beginning in a book titled about women and how Del is at first part of a androgynous we The invisible cut she didnt notice the scarring of the small things in her adolescence, how it would mark her, she is marked by the experience and upbringing chase stalk squish drive towards frogs parallels families relationship with Uncle Benny a lot of desire, sensuous language, squish tenderly oxymoronic statements, edged with dangerous and thrills of desire Rattails denotes her age and pays attention to words (later she changes the line of a song because she doesnt like the way it rhymes or sounds) How words and stories might not be adequate to reality, how language might be spoken without realizing full scope of meaning Del worries is she wants to fully explain everything she will never be able to stop writing First sentence: We draws us in by the mystery but alienates, the idea of who is in the community and who is on the fringe Wawanash River the place is named but not the we we are introduced as if this is a real river that they should know but it is made up relationship of place to language localizes Dels experience self realization and self location Uncle Benny Foreground the marginal right from the get go Why start on Uncle Benny? Community builds a certain link with Benny through teasing Foil to Del in that he doesnt know how to write (Del writes first for him), relationship to his wife, his personality, his lifes outcome limitations, inability to locate himself Uncle Benny doesnt really appear much later in the novel, but this first moment denotes his effect on Del, the first experiences often have the most profound impact. Motif of depths and surface through story telling one might get to the depths of things www.notesolution.com
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