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Gussow Eng 224 Week 3 Notes

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Gussow Eng 224 Week 3 Notes Eng 224

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These notes cover the lecture Professor Gussow gave during week 3. It continues with the theme of slavery, but now extends past Huckleberry Finn and has move of to shorter stories and poems.
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Date Created: 09/09/16
Professor Adam Gussow  Eng 224  Week 1 Notes    Charles Chesnutt, “The Goophered Grapevine” (1887)  Summary Link: ​­323­The­Goophered­Grapevine    A white man who wrote African American stories from Ohio, but he had a largely southern  upbringing. Both parents were slaves, meaning he had a mixed family tree.  He was a full­time lawyer and part time writer.  When writing, some say that Chesnutt splits himself, in this narrative half of him is the wealthy  northerner moving south and the other half is the poor old slave.  Themes:  ● Slavery  ● Greed  ● Deceit  *Not many themes, as the story was meant to be folksy and fun*    Paul Laurence Dunbar, “When Malindy Sings,” “An Antebellum Sermon,” “We Wear the  Mask,” “Sympathy”   Paul Laurence Dunbar was a black American poet, novelist, and playwright (the titles above are  all poems). Both parents were slaves and he was very close to his mother in particular.  Paul was a full time poet and died at a young age due to alcoholism  He wrote 2 types of poems:  1. Poems with black vernacular  2. Poems with proper english grammar  The white audience preferred the black vernacular, which troubled him greatly  Dramatic Monologue​­ as though one is on stage and can see the narrator, and the drama is  seen by the listener though they can say nothing    Things in common ​(Twain, Chesnutt, and Dunbar): ​   ● Discuss the issue of slavery  ● Post reconstruction era  ● Catching the vernacular voice (and Southern)  ● Engages in a literary​ ubterfuge​  A sort of deception the author uses to get the reader to  understand the characters better and to get the reader to agree with certain aspects (in  these cases, their stance on slavery)    Other:  Bert Williams­ (1874­1922) Black actor and comedian who help push the boundaries that black  people faced    Uncle Remus is the fictional title character and narrator of a collection of African­American  folktales by Joel Chandler Harris,   ● Published in 1881  ● Unrepresentative of slavery (says he misses plantation days) 


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