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ENG353 Lecture 3

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Vikki Visvis

May 25th 2011 Why does Montgomery create this relationship with Anna and Diana? • Does this suggest Anne is a lesbian • Reinforces the hetro sexual norm • Gender politics in the novel - set up as rebellious but is ultimately discarded of the norm • Women's love for each other is a source of power and reinforces the hetrosexuality is compulsory. • Only post-pone hetrosexuality • Siblings - matthew and marilla, explores different family arrangements which are equally fulfilling. • Diana and Anne who toy with the language of courtship • Alternatives to hetrosexual romance are not particularly attractive • Draws attention to both patriarchy and hetro sexuality • Thematic colonel of the novel: Acceptance Nation • Cheering for nation • Depictiion of Canada as a nation , connection with england • Idea of independent nation - until thw 1970s colonial arrangement stayed well into the 20th century • Discussion of motherhood - ongoing affiliation • Motherhood is celebrated - anne with minnie may, motherhood of Anne • Figure of mother , women and girls learning to be mothers • Novel is about the conversion of an old woman from spinsterhood to a kind of spiritual motherhood. • Associated with empire building and emperial practice • Anne of GG also supports the empire - motherhood - empire • The way a mother builds an empire is buy having good british children • Why? continued dominance of what was called the anglo saxan race • British empire was growing with holding in different places - india , africa etc, need people to do this , in this expansion , the population began to decline in brith rate • Diseases TB,Casualties, racialized diseases - affecting the empire , alcohol abuse, physica and emotional deterioration • Pressure put on women to become good mothers • Mothers of nation and of the british race. Bearing the children of the nation , motherhood promoted for populated empire - women seen as empires last hope. • To be the best bristish citizen you had to be a perfect mother. • English Canada was configured in british empire • Most of the pop. Still saw itself as british and aligned itself with empirical propaganda • Shared commitment to motherhood as a means of bolsetering empire as the common goal of british and canadian • Anne epidemizes he empirial hope - becoming a fantastic mothers. • Ends with he previliging the domestic more than the academic • Supports convential gender roles , novel suggest that canadas national identity is aligned with england • Novel also suggests canadian independence - tension of gender , sexuality , nation • Alignment of empire , but also with independence • Relying on setting - candian work identify themselves as canadian • Use of PEI - suggests an autonomous Canada, Avolea might be small , but its nationally implicated . • PEI - the cradle of confederation - charlottetown 1864 • Where Canada as an independent nation was born • John A Macdonald and peers • Places Avonlea near the station - trains and tracks - united Canada ( CPR) in Canadian literature it is an allusion to a kind of unified Canada. • Anne also suggest independent Canada - Anne becomes a national allegory , a marker of Canada. • Association occurs by aligning her with Macdonald "all things great are wound up with all things little - chapter 18" • Link is made the Canadian PM and Anne are linked • Banned from seeing diana and needs fortune changed, redemption comes indirection when minny May gets sick -winning back good favour , only allowed as a last resort , since all the adults are in charlottetown where John A macdonald is doing an election speech. • Canada was initially built on the priniciple of exclusion. • From empire to nation was seeing the anglo Canadian as Canadian - no space for french Canadian. French Canadian girl can't do anything (Ch 18). "utterly incapable of thinking what to do , or doing it if she thought of it" - french Candian girl is useless. • German Jew sells Anne the dye • "no london street arab to me… born Canadian" , use of the term Arab says no one of foreign culture, also rejects the English born poor class. •
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