ENG458H1 Lecture Notes - Hallelujah

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Passion of New Eve
Epigraph “In the beginning all the world was America” – John Locke
Unity, beginning and the end converging, birth-death-rebirth
Chaos, beginning and end
In the beginning was the word John word became flesh
Embodiment
Critiquing “beginning…” America and history of colonialism vs civil war going on in
America in novel
Multiplicity of ideas in novel
Myth
Fable and plot
Real life vs mythic (today) story that is not “true”
Aristotle formal aspect (plot)
Genesis as full of “myths” – condensed short versions of stories not interested in mythic
conventions, realism, details…
Myth of Eve’s subordination to Adam (from rib) -> problematic classification of woman
limiting way of thinking
Carter “mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods”
“Consolatory nonsense” – myth
myth depending on conviction and believers to maintain credibility although appear
godhead (Zero)
Mother as goddess only with followers
limiting ability to understand, exposing
myth transforming history into nature (fluid into fixed story)
attempts to dig into myth and extract ideological meaning/rationality
myth opening up other ways of seeing world (more positive view rather than merely
looking for answers/meanings)
mythic stories so condensed it leaves space for interpretation/seeing world
starting point > inherently bad
Passion critiquing yet employing myth and ending with it opening up new ways
Rewriting myths in book but old myths have also been rewritten throughout history
Genesis creation -> male and female in His image vs out of Adam’s rib
Reinventing encouraged
Passion of New Eve passion of the Christ, passion plays and martyrdom, sexual
passion, suffering and sexual played, suffering of Eve (pregnancy…), initiation into new
knowledge, submission (passion origin) and double meaning
“new/last Adam” – Jesus remaking myth of Adam -> gendered intervention to salvation
story… reimagination and retelling yet asking to take a stance
not “a” but “the” passion -> specific kind of story
bible references
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Epigraph in the beginning all the world was america john locke. Unity, beginning and the end converging, birth-death-rebirth. Critiquing beginning america and history of colonialism vs civil war going on in. In the beginning was the word john word became flesh. Real life vs mythic (today) story that is not true . Genesis as full of myths condensed short versions of stories not interested in mythic conventions, realism, details . Myth of eve"s subordination to adam (from rib) -> problematic classification of woman limiting way of thinking. Carter mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods . Myth depending on conviction and believers to maintain credibility although appear. Mother as goddess only with followers limiting ability to understand, exposing. Myth transforming history into nature (fluid into fixed story) Attempts to dig into myth and extract ideological meaning/rationality. Myth opening up other ways of seeing world (more positive view rather than merely looking for answers/meanings)

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