EN266 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Transcendentalism, Wedding Cake, Paperboy

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EN 266 Lecture
November 13th
Badlands
- “It was extremely America, it caught the spirit of the people”
- Goes back to Emerson, re-presentation
- Sketches the "eld
- American Transcendentalism
- Also a radical break with tradition
- TODAY: Political leaders as cartoons
- Non-politicians are following Emersonian virtues and aren’t
politicians at all
American Values in Emerson
- Independence, self-reliance, liberty
- Capable, courageous, independent
Barack in conversation with Marilynn Robinson
- “Best things I learned from books”
Badlands
-Starting with the scene of the girl with the dog, sitting on
the bed
- Melancholy note: father keeps the wedding cake for ten years,
then gives it to the mail man
- Story of orphanage: she was an unknown little person
- Beginning a new life- Texas to Dakota
- Machinery, also making things
- Revelation: “could have had any girl he wanted if he tried” a
sense of infatuation, naive
- Country, western: blue jeans and boots
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