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Class Notes for 2/22 and 2/24

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Class Notes for 2/22 and 2/24 ENG 3804

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Last weeks notes from 2/22 and 2/24 covering Bleak House discussions and class presentations
History of Illustrated Text
Anna Bighta
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by maditaylor7 on Tuesday March 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENG 3804 at Florida State University taught by Anna Bighta in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 32 views. For similar materials see History of Illustrated Text in Foreign Language at Florida State University.

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Class Presentations  Chapter 30 o trying to tidy up Jellyby household  he illustrates mess in house; it is chaotic and dirty  Medicine in the 1850’s o very dirty city o some characters had a fever— wealthy and middle class can sometimes pay for  medicine  there was access, just limited— poorer people usually died of simple  illness o Dickens visually exposes us to this information on current events  Travel in 1850’s o carriages used— good for average person o hansom cab— 2 wheeled cab drawn by horse, small (2­3 people), ideal for speed o clarence carriage— usually seen in movies, stand outside of train station (like a  modern day cab), also called growlers from the sound they made, seats 4­6 people plus luggage o these carriages and their horses led to pollution of the city  Romanticism o Dickens journal articles was very romanticized  o The Ghost of Art (article in a weekly journal)  Dickens’ general feeling about painting that we can tell from the article:   He does appreciate painting but also criticizes different types of  paintings  especially historical paintings— he thought it was cliche  he wants his victorian reader to reassess what art is, is  genre painting really culturally valuable?  using the idea that art is something that should be revered; but  contradicting it with inclusion of this lower class model o Dickens trying to promote a truth relative to his idea of truth with added  romanticism  trying to make a truthful statement about a political or social current  events using exaggeration o Pursuit of Objectivity  more understood in relation to arts and literature and Realism  Literary Realism  Emphasis on Objective Representation (what is the process  of creating things that are objective not subjective)  Rejects romance (exotic place, idealized characters)  Local Color (stronger attention to immediate environment)  Characterization (not really obsessed with major plot  points, more about how characters develop over time)  a philosophical idea and what realism means  what it means to be objective: purely factual, no bias, can’t be wrong, The truth, concept that the pursuit of objectivity still pervades (i.e. medical  community),  o What is reality?  video shown on goggles that flip the world horizontally and how the brain  copes  conscious reconstructing of ones own reality  question about does reality have anything to do with something outside  yourself  we’re always in the conflict of what reality actually is because it is  difficult to achieve some kind of objectivity in life  we can’t be the tree and see how it is, we can only think about  what we know  still striving to obtain objectivity  science still reigns and the most objective thing, it is leader in what the most people can globally agree on  Worthington’s illustration of water droplets  believed to be symmetrical  took photograph, saw that his perceived reality that the water  droplet was symmetrical was actually false  questioned his capability to make judgements  Epistemic Virtue: the innate desire to want to idealize images  truth to nature  mechanical objectivity  code of conduct: appropriate discipline for representing  reality  something being ethical not moral  collective empiricism: what we perceive through our 5  senses; used to talk about basic scientific phenomena, scientific community  so scientists can communication without any barrier  of understanding except maybe language Class Presentation  Court of Chancellory o governed without precedence and formalities o dealt less with actual criminal cases, more just litigation o Common Law court not happy about it o Eventually became another court with corruption  New Gate Prison o 1188­1902  housed inmates of many degrees  also housed those awaiting trial  had public hanging with audiences  conditions were very rough  open sewer with shackles and chains  before 1830 a lot of women prisoners were sent to different colonies  holding cell  Dickens supported reform within  Science and Evidence o Dickens had no respect for science or evidence  Jarndyce and Jarndyce case example  no evidence; going on for many decades  police officers are bad at collecting evidence for case  composite of many cases that actually took place o Humans to spontaneously combust?  Dickens includes no real cause for Crooks death in Bleak House  No scientific method— arguable  he was very offended whenever anyone questioned his credibility  did cause a big fuss with scientist  real scientist of the day George Henry Lewes said it was  impossible   Dickens upset, writes a review in response/defense  Dickens’ use of art o portraiture as default way to induce characterizaiton  Esther  o recognizes herself as an aesthetic object, but removes herself from her  appearance  doesn’t care that she is ugly now  but realizes that it will affect her life 


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