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Robert Mc Gill

Lecture 2 Premises Literature is an art of cultural persuasion Its a type of verbal persuasion, what would literature try to convince us of? Nation It is through cultural persuasion that nations come into being as imagined communities The national life is unjust, even monstrous( the story of the nation is communuality, it will leave out individuals are particular communitys within the nation Literature is compromised by its immersion in ideology Ideology= a set if ideas that shape ones world-view, making that view seem natural and correct I.e. feminism Literature has the potential to critique ideology In this course we will talk about texts that make and un make the nation We will also read texts that leave out members of the nation Also texts that want to reform the stories that have been told Green grass running water Literary vs. oral There is this question of hierarchy of stories does it suggest a relationship between the stories Self respectivity( the novel keeps refering to itself) There are certain motives in the novel( its a novel that keeps reminding us that it have motives)=why is
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