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School: University of California Riverside
Department: English
Course: Introduction to American Literary Tradition
Term: Winter 2019
Tags: english
Name: ENGL 020B week 3 notes
Description: Tuesday- focuses on Thoreau's "Economy" Thursday- Focuses on "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"
Uploaded: 01/23/2019
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background image 1/22/2019 Thoreau’s “Economy” o Beginning words “When I wrote these words…”
o Different pdfs of the writing
Old 19 th  century version o “My purpose in going to Walden…” He wants to do something a little less sad Some sort of business transaction is taking place…hopes to achieve it 
with the fewest problems
The business transaction is unknown throughout “Economy” Is there an order to the way things are done in business? o Mercantile: to do with merchants 
o What is value?
Spends time looking into how we spend our time Asks us to sort out the metaphorical from the practical o What is necessary? The necessary is a critique of the  Food, shelter, clothing, furniture o The house is a symbol of civilization,   Is it a civilization if people don’t own houses? o The house is looked at for its monetary value
o All Native Americans own their own house while in Boston not 1 in 4 own their own 
house o Waiting for the future but moving towards the past = to throwing rocks over/behind one’s neck o Time and money His neighbor tells him he should save money and travel Thoreau walks to the destination at the same time it took for his neighbor to get 
there because the man had to work all day in order to buy a ticket for the train 
that would get him there ‘faster’
Thoreau enjoys the walk o The cost of life Begins with the encumbrances  Inheritance as debt Received wisdom It is impossible to make such a coat/ Receiving tradition …do not receive mans judgement, receive it for yourself o The notion of trade Thoreau is interested in the now People spend more because they think they will make more You don’t need the means, you make them We have a way of seeing things in regard to money o The more money you spend, the more money comes around
o Who wants to be a stable boy?  people spend all their time working just to eat
o Thoreau critiques the building of the railroad
background image Are people spending their time in a way that they should The world is a glass of half full, half empty A notion of doing good, he’s all for being good People try to fix things in others that they should fix in themselves I never knew and I will never know a man so terrible as I   Philosophy of man o Spends little to no time considering the work of women
o Grew up with strong educated women who had as much knowledge with a pen as he did
Property, and cost and value  o Thoreau believes that the individual is not fulfilled in the way that they believe they  ought to  o He thinks it is important to avoid worldly things to connect to our truest nature Anti­materialistic Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” o Young Goodman Brown sees the worst in everyone and becomes the worst he could be 1/242019 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Slave Narratives popular during the time o People revolting against slave laws
o The ‘right’ to not return someone
Maria Child – editor to the book by Harriet Jacobs o Common at the time to have words of an abolitionist as part of the book (Ex: Preface) Paradox and Testimony o Truth and doubt regarding the words written within the book
o The person had to be good with their words and the way they chose to express their 
experiences Body o Frederick Douglas’ scars Written items include the parts of the body and the experiences it has gone 
through
Frederick Douglas seemed a man that had not gone through such ordeals 
therefore he was asked to show the scars of his experiences
The testimony to back the truth The Woman’s Body o It is not the same as a man’s and cannot be treated as such
o Women went through different ordeals that don’t necessarily create the same kind of 
scars More Romantic than Real o A dramatic shape of something seemingly unreal

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School: University of California Riverside
Department: English
Course: Introduction to American Literary Tradition
Term: Winter 2019
Tags: english
Name: ENGL 020B week 3 notes
Description: Tuesday- focuses on Thoreau's "Economy" Thursday- Focuses on "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl"
Uploaded: 01/23/2019
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