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Demers Anthology: Cautionary Tales (Titles mentioned under each note)

4 pages57 viewsWinter 2011

Department
English
Course Code
ENG234H5
Professor
Dr.H.Forsythe Paul

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Fatum (Latin): to enchant
Fee (old woman skilled in magic, homeopath, midwife), faerie (French): illusion
Spinster: a woman who spins (monotonous)
Fairytale: not necessarily about fairies but about magic, sub-genre of folklores, something
extra-ordinary happens in all of them, marvelous, fairytales are absolutely serious and the
magic cannot be made fun of (not satirical), dont know where things happen (in a forest,
but in what country?), exists in a suspended universe that is never specified, travel all over
the world (Chinese version of Cinderella (foot binding LOL), oral nature of these texts keeps
through, does not know where these stories originated--: sailors, knights, servants, villagers
1. Illusion, enchantment:
2.Fairyland
3.People of Fairyland
4. Individual of Fairyland
Kinder and Hausmarchen
Histoires ou Contesdu Temps Passe, Avec des Moralites
Contes de Ma Mere L Oye
Classical Romantic
OrderLiberty
HarmonySpontaneity
SimplicityExtravagance
Civilization/CultureNature
PublicPrivate
CitizenshipIndividualism
Universals, ImperialismNationalism
John Newberry
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Ambitious middle man, know to write only for children; didnt write for adults
Delectando monemus
Hires writers anonymously and prints off their material, focuses on amusing the child
writer
Lots of his ads advertise toys: Go and buy this book and along with the book buy this as
well!
Really into gadgets and upgrading purchases, just about anything that might attract the
parent/child
Even of his most didactic poems have a very decorative touch
Pauley is a nickname for Mary Anne (intimacy/fondness for character)
List of Pauley’s virtues: dutiful to her mom/dad, brother and kind to her playmates and
never missed her prayers. Obedient and nice and a pleasant and obliging child, easy to
please (affectionate/likeable/nice to everybody)
Domestic virtues are a lot more important than religious virtues
She never tells lies because she knew it was a sin
Kids not admitting they have done something wrong (play), kids makes mistakes and never
admit it (who did it? Nobody); much gentler handling of the reader
Confession after lying about breaking the china (accident/ not malicious) and begs her mom
to not punish the servants
She didnt lie or blame anyone else then what is the problem with this kind of behavior?
Why is a bad behavior and be trained out of children? Doesnt take responsibility for their
actions
Someone else might be blamed and the stakes might be a lot higher for them than they are
for you
Pauley might just upset her mother, be scolded (nothing big since she is a Lockean child)
Dolly on the other hand, will lose her job and she is servant so doesnt have any savings and
wont get a reference to get a new job
Affectionate parent: (picks her up and kisses her face a thousand times after Pauleys
confession, reinforcement through reward)
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Gives her a watch? Does this strike as odd? Perhaps to make her more responsible, and
material goods
Will be a good girl so that she can get nice stuff and marry a man of some power and
prestige (Alderman)
Foresight: looks to the future, looks and thinks ahead, planner
Puritans: not sexist, everyone has an equal chance of going to heaven or hell depending on
their level of devotion, but think about how most of the stories have a female protagonist
Male protagonists (harry potter, Rapunzel; turned the story around and tried to focus more
on the male protagonist because NO ONE will watch a movie or read a book where the main
character is a female)
18th century was a genre for female protagonists but then was gradually taken over by male
characters
Newberry: The History of Little Goody Two Shoes Pg 150
Margaret had only one show and her father procured a violent fever
Fast pace story, Margaret teachers herself to read and becomes a tutor, she has Lockean
beliefs (does not support fairytales or ghosts because witches and fairies are a part of a
distempered brain)
Reading is a professional or a worldly asset, self improvement is a motivator
Not just about getting to heaven but also about making ones life better and make a living
(not just geared towards scriptures)
Friendly narrator to the child reader, parental voice but always still teaching but there is
virtue but not a lot of religious focus (narrator is part of the fiction), self reflective text
Engaging the child as a participant, onomatopoeia (tap tap tap) and childish writing
making the child think, almost like the book is an object
Maria Edward: The Purple Jar from Early Lessons Pg: 187
Edward tested her stories on her younger siblings; her parents were very Lockean and
focused on the fascination of the real world, education and moral lessons for the children
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