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Gussow ENG 224 Week 1

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Gussow ENG 224 Week 1 Eng 224

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These notes cover what Professor Gussow discussed in lecture. It involves a few start of the year vocab words and goes into detail about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A link is included to an out...
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Date Created: 08/22/16
Professor Adam Gussow  Eng 224  Week 1 Notes    Subject Position​­ How a person views a topic according to their race, gender, nationality, region,  etc.  Vernacular Tradition​­ Well known literature/ street popular  Popular Tradition​­ Well known literature/ backed up by money, not necessarily people  Genteel Tradition​­ Polite refined, respectable literature    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  Summary Link:  Mark Twain’s work was not fully recognized until the 1930’s. The Adventures of Huck Finn was  first published in 1884 (London) and 1885 (America), and has been controversial ever since  then, even banned in certain schools (mostly for use of the word nigger).  Very opposite of Genteel Tradition.    Themes​:  ● Slavery, specifically the antebellum south   ● White privilege  ● Friendship  ● Freedom  ○ Huck wishes for more freedom as a child  ● Beaten by father  ● Motherless  ● Must comply to social norms he doesn’t agree with (enforced by  the widow)  ○ Jim searches for freedom as a slave  ● Beaten, ridiculed  ● Seen as property  Four Big Ideas:  1. Over time, this has been proven to be ​ anonical​ vital, influential, and certified as important  by experts) text. If one does not read this they would be missing an important part of learning  and history.  ●  "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry  Finn." ­ Ernest Hemingway  ● Forest Gump would not exist without Huck Finn  2. Like the work of Frederick Douglass (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American  Slave), the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn condemns slavery, although unlike Douglass, Twain  does not come right out and say that slavery is evil.  ● Hyper canonized​ (made extremely popular) by white leaders because a white boy  helped a slave escape, this occurred in the 1950’s  3. Novel offers a fascinating question to what exactly is American culture; Is it down to earth,  sophisticated, religious, evil?  4. The novel asks a big question: Where is freedom? Is it in nature, society, etc.  *Some say that Huck's’ voice is actually a black boy that Twain had met before*  ➔ Huck Finn continues on week 2 


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