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15. The (southern) Grotesque -Nov 20.docx

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English 1022E
Nigmendra Narain

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The Grotesque November 20, 2012  A type of writing, characters and subjects  Usually involves the irrational o Distrust of any cosmic order o Frustration with our lot in the universe  Merging of comic and tragic; no rational social order (essential to the comic) and no faith in a moral universe (essential to tragic)  The “most genuine style” for the modern age  Characters often appear physically or spiritually deformed, deeply flawed, often performing abnormal actions o Settings are decayed or derelict The Southern Grotesque  Ie. Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor  Goes beyond sensationalism to reveal something about the American South (social and moral issues of poverty, racism, religion, violence, crime, etc)  Refined surface of everyday life in the South is fragile if not pure illusion  Under the surface lies the dark underside of the tormented psyche  Characters are tw
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