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Non-Western World Literature Week Two (January 20 & 22, 2016) Class Notes

by: Kaley Hicks

Non-Western World Literature Week Two (January 20 & 22, 2016) Class Notes BIOL 10003

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Non-Western World Literature Week Two Class Notes - covering the first 8 chapters of "In the Country of Men"
Contemporary Issues in Biology
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Date Created: 01/22/16
Non-Western World Literature Class Notes: Week 2 January 20, 2015 Class Notes:  Child’s perspective of a war story/dictatorship  Mother is a drunk – narrator does not know this  Dreamlike quality to the story  Page 8 – “only the guilty live in fear” – this is really only applicable to a utopia and not in the context of chaos and corruption  Normalized political fear: best thing to do is nothing  Novel sets up at beginning: a regime like this is erasing the individual  Why does it take so long for people to rise up? Fear  must be willing to lose everything to challenge a system  Dictator – Gaddafi – helped them escape colonialism originally but then later turned out to be a dictator (a big factor in the shift was paranoia)  Narrator’s mother is “Sick” all the time = alcoholic  happens whenever husband is gone – this was an arranged marriage  Novel taking place in 1979 – narrator is about 9 or 10 years old – marriage must have happened when Gaddafi first came into power  “A Thousand and One Nights” – Scheherazade  In the above story: King finds his wife cheating on him -> he kills them both  Scheherazade: daughter to the king’s advisor – she asks to marry the king – she tells a story but never finishes it for “A thousand and one nights” so he cannot kill her – using narrative to stabilize a region  Why was there not a woman’s movement under Gaddafi? No king of movement could gain any traction  Very anti-Islamist Governments = Egypt and Libya  Rise in positive indicators: education and literacy, etc, but also a rise in negative indicators January 22, 2015 Class Notes:  Narrative voice: how this influences the story  We learn his age = 9 years old  Narrator is the child of a dissident  Page 52-mother is speaking to Moosa- emphasis on “our leaflets” – why is it being emphasized? Clear indication that parents are dissidents – starting to see that the mom is uncomfortable with what they’ve done  Revolutions usually start with youth populations  less to lose (no family/kids) ; recognize change needs to happen and they have time – do not want to surrender the rest of their life to a tyrannical regime  Social contract is very one sided under these regimes – can work hard and not receive the proper reward  Narrator can’t really figure out what is happening – haven’t heard him say the words dictatorship or tyranny  Page 56 – narrator is trying to understand with poetry – poet is an Egyptian poet – very formulaic previously but this important poet is now writing free verse – Moosa says this poet is important – breaking away from tradition  Can create beauty by defying tradition ; using poetry to talk about the taboo  Lines of poetry: first three lines: giving us examples of what earth looks like around them: this military presence is a part of life  Next lines: do you want to know everything? He is unsettled by poem because he is recognizing familiar things  Next 3 lines: counterpart: before = fear of transparency and now fear of unknown  Last 3 lines: a Faustian bargain = deal with the devil – is what you’re getting worth the exchange?  Is temporary security/happiness worth the potential danger?  Neighbor woman = government informant = the bargain for safety = no guarantee  Idea of social contract and merit is all out the window  Men come in to find Baba – Moosa is putting on a performance to get them to not search the house right at that moment  Father comes home – not upset his books are burned – Suleiman is so confused  How reliable is a 9 year old narrator? Children have a very direct line of cause and effect  What do we actually know about this family? Very little – very certain there is a very confused child and that they live in Libya.  In the book burning: he keeps a book: “Democracy now”  Foreshadowing by the book burning ceremony – house is going to be searched – how is he going to interpret this cause and effect and his place within it?  Narrator revisits the story of Scherazade – what happens to art under a dictatorship?  Fear that art will lose its authenticity – has to be veiled in some way  Smuggling of art and publication out of a country – Suleiman has seen smuggling of alcohol but his father is also buying all of these books which must be illegal  We typically don’t associate the possibility of being arrested with creativity  Different ways to view resistance: activism (protests) but then there is simply producing art that is contributing to the resistance  What about others who are not actively doing things/creating things to resist a movement?  Resistance as endurance – all doing is “Enduring” – survival – can survival itself be a form of resistance?  Most of his experiences are shaped by absences  Page 85 – “As I live now in the country that produced those films” suddenly a shift in temporal: we now know it is adult Suleiman that is narrating


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