ENGLISH 131 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: Deixis, Patent Leather, Dream Vision

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Anti-pastoral (critique of the desire to escape) Ashbery: queer white poet, first book comes out 1956 fled to fr b/c afraid of mccarthy era, not just red scares but lavender scares. Pastoral: divisions of class/soc/etc magically vanish, just harmony; but that"s not the world in ashbery, we don"t get an absence of pastoral, but one aware of its desire to escape, and wants to critique the pastoral drive itself. Ashbery"s review of stein"s stanzas in meditation - also described his own practice. All purpose model - fits all persons b/c of intense vagueness; appears in constant use of pronouns w/o situating narrative around them ( i, you, it, etc w/o clear antecedents) But produces demanding, frustrating rel w/ reader - vagueness doesn"t act like it"s vague, makes you feel like you"re not let into the story. Deixis - reader knows more than sentence itself says, based on context.

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