EN 1006 Lecture Notes - Stella Kowalski, Bsc Young Boys, Androgyny

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
York University
Department
English
Course
EN 1006
May 14th 2009
Gender and the American Modernist Condition: Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
A Room of One’s Own, cont.
Staging American modernism
The Construction of Gender in Streetcar
A Room of One’s Own, cont.
Mary Carmichael’s Life’s Adventure
o Chloe liked Olivia
o Form and content: Radical departure from expected story (focus on a lesbian
relationship) mirrors radical departure from stylistic convention
Carmichael as an ideal writer
o Ideal of androgyny: combination of male AND female characteristics in a writer
Tennesee Williams
1911-1983
American dramatist
The Glass Menagerie (1945)
A Streetcar Named Desire
Streetcar won Pulitzer Prize in 1948
Themes in Streetcar
Sexual frustration
Violence
Dream vs. reality
Impossibility of connection:
o Characters seek escape from ravages of time
o Characters seek refuge from harshness of world
o Characters who look for simple human contact (seen in Blanche and Mitch)
The Staging of Modernism
Contrast between character’s psychological realism and staging departure from this realism
Play highlights mechanics of staging
Williams interested in capturing “vitality” of life
Episodic nature of play (focused on episodes of characters lives, not Acts)
Music used as a recurring motif (Varsouviana and gunshot)
The Title
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Gender and the american modernist condition: tennessee williams" a streetcar named desire. Mary carmichael"s life"s adventure: chloe liked olivia , form and content: radical departure from expected story (focus on a lesbian relationship) mirrors radical departure from stylistic convention. Ideal of androgyny: combination of male and female characteristics in a writer. Impossibility of connection: characters seek escape from ravages of time, characters seek refuge from harshness of world, characters who look for simple human contact (seen in blanche and mitch) Contrast between character"s psychological realism and staging departure from this realism. Williams interested in capturing vitality of life. Episodic nature of play (focused on episodes of characters lives, not acts) Music used as a recurring motif (varsouviana and gunshot) Theme of movement, transition, development (blanche"s journey to madness) Blanche has to take the streetcar to elisiyan fields and she continuously has to transfer. Location: french quarter in new orleans keeps looking for love.

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