Reading in Narrative
Reading in Narrative ENGL 3383 - 0- 65946
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Reading in Narrative 8.15.16 Intro: concepts for what do novelists focus on. 1) How do we pace ourselves in this class: - mark out books you know you can handle under time constraint, and figure out when to fit the others in. - Red and Black may be hard to read so read over the break. - During weeks 6-9 try to read 2 out of 3 of the long books. - Portrait of a Lady is hard to read, but a good one. -Not everything we read will be “top shelf” 8.17.16 In the future, I will try to add highlights of whatever we are reading so that we can look back on them for study. This will not include Otranto 1. -The Castle of Otranto is a Gothic Novel. - Gothic as a whole has an element of darkness, moody characters and has an element of supernatural. - The emotional interest of Gothic is that it wants readers to embrace imagination. It wants to invoke emotional nature, not rational, wants irrationality fr. Imagination perspective. - Later, Gothic focuses on setting to help set the wanted invoking emotion. Usually the emotion it wants you to feel is terror, or it wants you to realize the significance of being terrified. The reason it does this is to bring an understanding to ourselves as to how we react when we are unstable/ terrified: irrational. It begs the question of how do we react as we are not in control of our reality. - Not everything has to be explained, or understood. - Novels develop and become longer as the stories history is added. It has knights and damsels as well as uses classes to make mid-class more interested in reading and helped w/ literacy. - Gothic is reaction to Age of Reason. 2. History of the Novell: - 18 c. : Age of Reason. - The way that these novels were made popular was by horse drawn wagons that ppl could buy them from. - Gothic architecture looks medieval. 3. Vocab: - Epistolary: a series of letters passed back and forth, usually giving two different voices. This also helps control the point of view. (this thethmakes you the viewer) This was a customary way of writing in the 18 c. Generally this would bring in a sense of informality. - Sentimental (novel): A Man of Feeling. - Sentimentality: you see that ppl are starving so you break down crying and want to help. Which is the opposite of a rational reaction: thinking “ well, he doesn't try to work, so he deserves to starve” Reading in Narrative 4. Walpole: son of Politian, decides to react to philosophical movement. That movement is: what are ppl concerned about? The heart v. the head. - This time period brought together a capability of both. - Head over heart is what most ppl go for. - Most think that ppl need to be balanced individuals and they should allow intellect to govern passion. Walpole writes for the opposite purpose. - People were then using someone else’s heart, with a calculation behind it. - EX: The woman who’s daughter didn't really have cancer. - 5. The Castle of Otranto: The Unorthodox. - Dealing with upper class. - The young man (Theodore): problematic issue in that he just shows up. - The helmet creates suspense. 6. What should we as writers see (general points made in class) - We as readers have rights. We can say “this is bad” v. saying “well, the author is in control.” - Be mindful fo what you are being asked to do. - Pay attention to where the novel is leading you emotionally. 8.19.16 7. Questions Asked in class: - What does the supernatural element have to do w/ the rest of the story: in order to satisfy the Gothic theme. It creates the emotional heightening effect. We as ppl alive today are a product of Romanticism 8. Romanticism and Gothicism - It is what came after Gothic, it is the reaction to Gothic. - Before it, no one trusted subjective-ness as a form of knowledge, so writers had to write from on outside perspective. The Boss was some entity outside of the person, not within. - Insists that the individual perspective is valid and reliable to an extent (at this point in time). - Before Romanticism and Gothic, the question asked would be “what do authorities say?” - It begs the question: is emotional life predictable? Do we Schedule our emotions? - What happens when subjective becomes prominent? It brings in irrationality. We will be seeing more of this later in the course. - It is supposed to be a remnant of medieval. - Here we will see a letting up of religious hold: before this, there was a strangle hold on all things religion bc there was only one church: Catholic, so there was never a debate. - Protestant is the reaction to Catholicism just like romanticism to Gothic. 9. Vocab: - Objective bias: before 19 c. it was used as a regulator for the rational. - Subjective unbias: have denied richness of self - -EX: biographies and auto biographies. - -EX: first person narrative Reading in Narrative - The Forbidden Woman: Generally women that are subject to affection are usually unattainable through class and or marital status. Leads to cult of adultery. This also has to do with the church and the ideas of marriage at the time, which were that it was a business contract btwn a father and the groom. It got a woman out of the fathers house, and gave the groom a woman to make him a family. 10.Otranto - Half step from subjective, so its awkward. - Manfred makes Isabella the Forbidden woman in that he wants to divorce his wife on account of their familial relation, in order to marry a younger woman who can bear children. - Alonso has a love child. - This whole book resembles Hamlet in that it has the Ghost like attribute. At the time, the thought about restless spirits were thus: the spirit had been wronged in some way and so it would need some kind of revenge to be able to lay at peace. - The Prophecy: Manfreds family line would be replaced when it gets too big for itself. This makes Theodore a legit character and heir to the title. 11.What all Novels need: The 5 elements: - Plot: Moronic - Character: Shakespeare was known to use this the most. - Setting: dark, castle that is taken advantage of to set the emotion. (Walpole) - Point of View: - Language: - Spectate: - Novels place in time: family history/ genealogy, and becomes part of the plot.