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Lecture 19

Music 1102A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Sigmund Freud, Joy Page, Coconut Oil

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Music 1102A/B
Kate Helsen

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
English 1022E
Fugitive Pieces
Board notes:
“igud Freud, Mourig ad Melaholy 1917 mourning = introjection
melancholy = incorporation
Einfuhlung empathy, feeling for, feeling one with
Terence Des Pres, The Survivor, survivor guilt
Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels
First published in 1996
Very poetic in fact, the novel is argued to be too beautiful in order to illustrate the stories of
the Holocaust and its integration into the narrative
o However, this story is not simply just about the Holocaust
Interesting things about the Text
Author (Anne Michaels) makes the protagonist (Jakob) a poet
o ironically conveys the poetic nature of his story
Author makes the novel in the form of 2 memoirs
o This demonstrates the memories not only about someone else but also the memories
about themselves
o Memory the need to remember the past, in order not to repeat the past
Author looks at the significance within writing and reading
o The narrative takes us into the realm of a piece of writing that is conveying reality to us
Writing helps to captures reality for us forever
Written form helps to encase our memories
Fugitive Pieces: Looking at different Aspects/Passages of the text
Page 191 both poetic and contains the word fugitive which is essentially getting to where
the title is getting at
o fugitie sets
Means escaping and fleeting difficult to capture and get hold of
The act of Jakob himself was also a fugitive
The eaig of fugitie also means the fragility of memory as it is
o trace
Means to outline something
Which is all you can do with words to catch an outline
Means to follow someone and trace their steps
Means to look for something to trace evidence of something
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
o According to neurological theory, there is this idea of tracing itself in to the cells of the
For example: the emphasis on scent (i.e. Tarragon and coconut oil page 191)
The sense of smell is instantly connected to memory it is powerful enough to
trigger memories
Just like ho soeoes aftershave or perfume lasts a scent it largely
triggers a memory
In this scene, Jacob is tracing scents trying to convey what he is experiencing
In trying to understand the past, we can come to a sense of understanding
through the distance in history
he uses all of his imagination and skills in order to understand what his
experience is
In a way this is what readers do as well
It is our duty as human beings to remember the past so as not to
repeat it again
Page 221- 222
o Reference to og people
These were people who were found preserved within the marshes of Northern
There is huge speculation as to why they were buried there however the reason
why is seemingly insignificant
In a way, the bog people symbolize Jakob
He surfaces from his own past and must be understood by the reader
The purpose behind it is not to bring life back to the dead but to understand and
comprehend bringing them into our lives and bringing them to the circle of
our knowledge
o I see o that  fasiatio ast arhaeolog or ee foresis: it as iograph.
The faces that stared at me across the centuries, with creases in their cheeks like my
other’s…it was y resposibility to iagie who they ight be
Here, e see Jakos fiatio o ot hat the ere ut hat the ight e
Page 249
o “ie his death, Ie oe to respet  fathers ahes of food aroud the house as
evidence of his ingenuity, his self perception. It’s ot a perso’s depth you ust
discover, but their ascent. Find their path from depth to ascent
As readers, e ust joure through the arratie ad follo Jakos joure
from despair, ascending into joy
Page 279
o M father…to imagine (paragraph on page 279)
Page 280
o Naoi sas a hild doest hae to iherit fear. But ho a separate fear fro the
od? M parets past is ie oleularl
Although soeoes past is not transmittable molecularly fro parent to child,
the power of love allows it to be transferrable
In loving someone, their grief ultimately becomes yours
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