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Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 2C03
Professor
Roger Hyman
Semester
Fall

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English 2C03: Contemporary Canadian Literature Fall 2010 Dr. Hyman Maria Chapdelaine - Relationship between present generations and the past - Early feminist relationship between two types of work - Economics in turn of Quebec make money through farming. - Tension between economic realities of farming and idealized farm - Attitudes towards Quebec Elite/Clergy: the farm is the place where you can best emulate the life of Jesus. - saved from capitalism, secularism therefore selling farm is seen as a negative thing: sold out heritage - Je me souviens remembering the past: language, religion, culture get lost when you leave the country or forget. The past is significant because it gives the future meaning - Quebec nationalism - French and English innately different - Francois Paradis: - Allegoric figure he is what is being remembered represents pre-conquest figure (relationship between French and native) - Boundary crossing figure - Positive engagement with the forests until it takes him nature didnt want to let him go. As allegoric figure he has to continue to represent his role. When he promised Maria to come back he made promises that would change his role in the story. - Maria losses hold of the past and needs to find another way to re- connect - Lorenzo Surprenant - Left his community to go toe the states he has sold out therefore does not remember. - Innately concerned with money in away he has become English - Factory worker introduction of this type of work into the text which conflicts with the celebrated farming discusses the hardships of farming (slaves of animals) - he patronizes Maria you have not the faintest idea replace her memory because her country is empty - work on the farm was meaningful and important to survival of her family; he offers her no work at all therefore no meaning making her a trophy or prize. - Euthrope Gagne: - offers Maria what she already has she continues to remember - Voices: stportance of re-instating memory in defence of colonization - 1ndeauty of the land - 2 beauty of language - 3 anti-foreigner (danger!), past is sacred promise that everything will be ok. World War One Flanders Field - Noble warrior: die with honour and protect the country. Romantic Heroism - Soldiers not really dead continue the battle: support the war or you are a traitor - Order and organization. The form emphasizes the meaning of the poem (neat rhymes) Break of Day in the Trenches - hero/focus of the poem is the rat cosmopolitan because he goes between the twp trenches all the same being sacrificed. The rat has more chance at life than the people in the war. - Darkness is crumbling around them - Reality overcoming socialization - reverse way of looking at the world people become food for the rats - Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori = it is good and honourable to die for your country Generals Die in Bed - Deconstruction of old way of looking at the world (post 1916) - Money first issue brought up - Anderson was a preacher. Gods message lost. Not in touch with god anymore being to de-construct sacred values - Soldiers objectified - left out training; suggests that the training was useless because training implies that you know something about what you are doing cannot be trained for chaos. Reversing cause and effect as a result of technology (shells) cannot be prepared if you do not see it coming - Imagination constructing romanticized vision of war; have not come in touch with reality yet - artillery duel vs. artillery slaughter duel hero challenging another trying to make u think the was is what is always as been youfamism - Surrealism lack of order Picasso: Guernica - Browns death symbolized the death of his way of life placed in situation they could not anticipate - Gang over the top into enemy trench guns are humanized and people are dehumanized - Bewildered - Two sides see each other enact our tragedy - it - No agency - Allusion to story of Abraham and Isaac (was suppose to symbolize end of human sacrifice) sacrifice the young no god to protect them therefore disaffirms meaning of god in the universe no god = no order = chaotic and out of control - learning process universe is terrible deconstruction of every institution right up to God. What happens when they say no - Gladice: not like other girls more long term - Not a lot of agency - not judged for being prostitute a lot of institutions were not working (gov, military, heroism, religion) this was the only institution that is working she gives him what he needs - Judged for being civilian doesnt understand the reality of what narrator is going through - he sees himself as murder - Arras: - Economics of war deconstructed: solider as commodity, vision of war as commodity Greed! - Truck ride is a metaphor for the type of war they are in: No direction - Looting of Arras: disorder and Chaos - Only victory that is celebrated is against own people; the military police - questioning of what they are fighting for: they are trying to re-assert agency - order being re asserted Llandovery Castle easy to be re-socialized reconstruction of romantic heroism: enemy re-establish KLEE WYCK Emily Carr Baptism: cover of the bible trapping them in; shes not under anyones control not without agency Paintings Big Raven: soul of the land. Everything is alive.Above the Gravel Pit: aliveness of nature contrasted with the harming of nature. I IT vs. I I Crying totem: band on totem poles Explain family lines: memory that tells history. Colonization take way memory by taking away language Cumshewa: power and authority of the Raven Forests: British Columbia: bark forests invitation in Guyascloms DSonoqua: power of women Indian Church: new order vs. old order linear vs. fluid Totem mother: Madonna and child Ucluelet - Balsam tree tall and straight = it tohis tree has subjective autonomy (alive) - School house and church: place and education and indoctranization - ABC teaching them new language issues with oral traditions vs. world based on print alienates them by changing their way of communication. Residential schools - Old tanook and women with shawl took apart in own colonization from hand to hand. Battle of cultural supremacy in which the church has won - Spirit caught in a picture silly notion Emily had respect for belief system ; does not judge just simple recounts - grave yard: fluidity of life and death contrast between natural and unnatural; native dead placed in nature where they can be free vs. Christian being looked up from elements that would help them tension between two different ways of seeing life and death (critique of Christianity) Sophie - Basket is symbol of fertilityirony because her children cant survive
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