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background image Week 4 1/29/19 Distressing topics o Certain sentimental style meant to make us sympathize with her o The realities of slavery in a flat matter of fact way o Sexual interactions are a delicate subject There is no consent possible within slavery Choice was merely seemingly there but wasn’t entirely o The point is to express how you are feeling Words are very expressive Freeing Herself o Linda frees herself o She frees herself more directly by running away o The question of freedom becomes highly contradictive She was not his to sell What does it mean to be free?  For some time she lived outside of slavery in a place where she could not be told  what to do or mistreated in inexcusable ways but it is not until the certificate is paid that 
they truly call her free. The fact regarding her freedom is still questions as she cannot 
chose for herself the things she want like being with her children in a house of her own 
(no free will per say)
Loophole of retreat o The mercantile v. the weird How weird is “never” here? o “I was never cruelly overworked; I was never lacerated with the whip from head  to foot; I was never so beaten and bruised that I could not turn from one side to 
the other; I never had my heel­strings cut to prevent my running away; I was 
never chained to a log and forced to drag it about, while I toiled in the fields from 
morning till night; I was never branded with hot iron, or torn by bloodhounds.” 
(96)
The part of the aforementioned that instills a feeling of the weird is the 
‘missing’. She has never felt any of these things she mentioned but she has
seen them happen and she can imagine the experience as a possibility
There is an overall haunted tone to the way she expresses herself about 
these events  
haunted= weird Uncanny : unsettling experience of something that seems familiar and strange at the same  time The power of language: law—fix meaning; literal, specific, technical literature—imagine 
meaning; connotation, possibility
mercantile language : price, value, worth, exchange, amount, record, ledger, ownership,  title, warranty bond, signature, etc
background image weird o 1. of strange or extraordinary character; odd, fantastic  o 2: of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural: magical 1/31/2019 (Kameron Sanzo) Legacy of Mesmerism, and the Weird  Anthon Mesmer: animal magnetism­a force that created a balance ubiquitous all around 
us
o He believed that he could manipulate this in order to make a person ‘better’ (cures ills) Weirdness: The Anatomy Act of 1832 Poe o Story about a Doctor who mesmerizes a man on the verge of death and keeps him  on the brink between life of death for 7 months and then when he wakes him, he 
dissolves into a liquid mass
o Published story in a place with scientific journal Much controversy about the story Many debates about the matter of life and death Weird: cannot put boundaries on the things they cannot understands Bartleby, The Scrivener (1853) o Uncanny elements of mesmerism o Bartleby operates as if “programmed” o Rumor about him working in the department of dead letters The worst place to be o Connection between the domestic and common to the weird He seems to be stuck somewhere, no articulation All the letters belong to the common and familiar but when the letters die, 
they enter a space of liminality and become uncanny
We don’t know what to do with them James Braid: Mesmerism o psychosomatic

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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
Description: The second lecture of Incidents and the lecture on Bartleby, the Scribener
Uploaded: 02/05/2019
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