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Lecture 43

English 2310E Lecture 43: Global Literature Lecture 43 - Mar 30

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Western University
English 2310E
Taiwo Osinubi

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Global Literature Lecture 43 The European Tribe - Colonized identifying with Jewish people There is a history of oppression w/ both cultures • • Anti-colonial intellectuals saw the holocaust as European barbarity. • Intellectual history for a writer (identifying with multiple groups) - Crossing the Atlantic makes the story American, meaning it does not share the colonial story/experience. - Axial writer: A writer that struggles through multiple difficult frameworks. | Caryl Phillips is a writer that follows outside of national frameworks, defines what we mean by postcolonial writing. • Caryl Phillips becomes a model for the transnational writer, making global literatures become so popular. • Writing in a global framework, produced by publishers in major publishing centres: Great Britain, America. - Loneliness: Caryl Phillips accuses James Baldwin of being lonely when he is actually lonely himself. A disregarding of feelings, which apprehend the world in this story, demonstrated as a form of knowing. - The Merchant of Venice • Shakespeare has always been important for marginalized groups • Phillips revisits it and challenges previous interpretations, offers up his own regarding the Jewish characters - Ending: • P55: “Spits in his beard…kicks him like a dog…Shylock has always been my hero.” - Similarity, an expression of solidarity • “I will buy with you, sell with you, and so following. But I will not eat with you, drink with you…” — Shylock 1 Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Refusal to be associated with Europeans. - Contradictions can be reconciled: he can have African American authors as a muse AS WELL as a Jewish character. - Shylock is not a character meant to be liked, not meant to be related to - Solidarity through affect • Affective states and affective communities - Othello: yes, this person is black, but Caryl Phillips does not find what he needs in him; instead, he finds what he needs in Shylock. Taking the pound of flesh in tiny bits instead of one large chunk • - Not just reclaiming what’s yours, but causing as much pain as possible so as to inflict misery upon those who hurt you • They care about getting back/getting revenge on their oppressors • Communities of the oppressed can never fight a full battle, so it’s in the everyday menial life where they can execute their revenge. • Unfinished business of colonialism: revenge has not been executed, pain has not been inflicted, so it is not complete. - Rage, anger, melancholy narrative • A mode of storytelling in postcolonial writing where authors visit colonial pasts through the present. The person can be depressed, but it’s different: trauma can be healed, but the person who refused to heal and move on becomes melancholy. | unfinished mourning/grief - Stages of grief are in an endless cycle, consistently being worked through - Phillips lets us know indirectly his effective state, seeking companions who experience these effective states. - ANNE FRANK CHAPTER • multidimension memory — Multi-dimensional Memory by Michael Rothberg - Memory moves in various directions: other groups will use memories to narrate/ investigate their own experiences 2 Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Not to say the holocaust is power to people, but it serves as a tok
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