ENGL 40761 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: David Antin, Promiscuity, The Talented Tenth

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++Stein 2
annotated bibliography due 2/28
o five essays or book chapters that will support your argument
o 2-3 sentences as to how it will help you
o paragraph with thesis and arguments that will support thesis
how is it similar to “objects” and the portraits?
o sentences are declarative
o repetition
o Melanctha is very now and present (characteristic of Stein)
o lack of resolution
Is a resolution necessary?
David Antin
o Couldn’t see why Pound or Eliot were modern because Stein was the only one
interested in language and what it could do
o Tried to see how story and narrative related to one another
Said a story is something that happens (i.e. newspaper), narrative is
something different because it involves understanding a character has
desires and must undergo transformation (need motivations, desire, how
character changes in relation)
Is Melanctha a narrative?
o Other characters transform around her
She serves as a catalyst for others to change (Jeff & Rose)
Stein redefines writing and literary terms
o Defamiliarize everything
How does repetition function?
o Restate key ideas
Melanctha’s father and how he is angry, brutish, and very black.
o Like epic epithet?
Ironic to the character
Repetition of characterizes includes something different so that it stands
out; sets up expectations of the character but then new features come in
o Helps reinforce unchanging nature
Subtle shifts do occur in repetition
Characters become somewhat self-aware
o As you read this and see what happens to characters (especially Jeff) is there
something about this constant repetition about how they are and see things--is
there something more real about how they experience relationships than normal
Possibly inorganic
When you meet someone you tend to have ideas about the person
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