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English 3310 Lesson 1-3 Notes

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English 3310 Lesson 1-3 Notes ENG 3310

Whitney Lynn
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Notes from lessons 1-3 Lesson 1: Whitman & Dickenson Lesson 2: Regionalism Lesson 3: Early Feminism
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Date Created: 09/17/15
Lesson 1 Whitman and Dickinson Walt Whitman Romanticism movement Lived in NYC Wrote many poems about the Civil War Longer poems are more his style like Song of Myself Writes mostly free verse Whitman uses symbols from nature Visits topics already introduced creating a cyclical development Uses a lot of direct address Whitman identifies himself with others Writes about common everyday subjects such as sex Emily Dickinson 0 Not necessarily realistic or romantic hard to fit into a category 0 Short poems 0 Lots of capital letters and dashes Q Dickinson was a very private person confining herself to her room and just watching the world from her bedroom window 0 Although during Civil War time not concerned with those issues 0 Wrote a lot about death God loss afterlife pain nature consciousness doubt selfexamination and love 0 Dickinson writes in a rhythm similar to the way hymns are written 0 Dickinson uses slant rhyme Lesson 2 Regionalism Regionalism or Local Color 0 Post Civil War life Less idealistic attitudes Changes daily lndustrialism arrose Many more could read afford books and afford time to read Looking for more realistic writing representing life Literary period in the last half of the 19th century post Civil War is American realism I followed the romanticism period I Realism is a contrast to romanticism Q Regionalism is a subcategory of realism 0 Stories based on specific regions of the US 000000 Q Regionalism was said to be popular because people were interested in other parts of the country especially while trying to rebuild a new nation identity 0 Also popular because it was a way of remembering and preserving customs of everyday life Mark Twain Jumping Frog 0 American West region 0 frame tale 0 The locals of the book are usually rural people whereas the narrator comes from urban and education 0 Easterner formal polite condescending Q Westerner vernacular speech and irrelevant story telling O yokel uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside Q The overall story is realistic in the differences and feud between the east and west even though there is a tall tale in the story Charles W Chesnutt The Goophered Grapevine 0 American South region 0 Very similar to Twain s Jumping Frog 0 Educated narrator with a frame tale 0 The inner tale is told by Uncle Julius who is a social underdog encountered with the social elite O Stereotypical african american 0 Uncle Julius tells a tale of a grape vine and how he knows the good from the lethal grapes talking to the future landowner of the vineyard Sarah Orne Jewett A White Heron American Northeast region Heron is a bird Main character is an adventurous New England spirit a great wanderer Dan is the upper class Sylvia is the rural yokel Sylvia represents a close relationship with nature Dan represents opposing values he is an ornithologist studies birds who kills and classifies the natural world rather than taking care of it Q Represents urbanmodern science and violence 0 When encroaching on Sylvias world this represents the urbanized and industrialized changes of the late 19th century 0 Sylvia refuses to tell where the heron is realizing she won39t compromise her values for love she likes him or money he offered Lesson 3 Early Feminism Early Feminism 0 Feminism is a daily part of women s lives in a maledominated society so it is logical to have this writing come about during the realism movement 0 Usually representing concerns for women during the late 19th century 0 Writing about typical circumstances of women Constance Fenimore Woolson Miss Grief Q The tale is told by a male who is of very high class 0 His love interest is Miss Abercrombie 0 He shows his expectations of women when discussing her and she ruins his expectations by saying just one word showing how strict and confined his expectations are 0 Represents the publishing industry s view of women 0 Main female character is Aaronna Moncrief who is very low class 0 She is a literary genius 0 Miss Grief 0 She is barely surviving Q The man thought Miss Grief kept bothering him to sell old lace when he found out she had a manuscript for him to read he thought it was worse that a woman selling lace 0 He eventually agrees to read her manuscript and has changes to the drama which after months agrees no changes need to be made 0 She is on her deathbed and he tells her he will get it published even though he knows he will not 0 He doesn39t believe in her work and knows no one will truly understand her writing he then dies with the work locked up and no one ever gets to read it Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper 0 Three males representing the medical industry 0 The doctor always prescribes the rest cure to women patients 0 Gilman herself was actually prescribed this 0 Hysteria and depression were thought to affect women at the time and all they needed was to rest and it would cure it 0 Really is treated more like a prisoner O Cant work 0 Can39t see friends 0 Has a strict schedule daily Q The wife is spoke to in a patronizing manner by the husband and other men 0 Her condition is worsening over the summer and her husband neglects to beHeveit 0 Her evolving attitude about the wallpaper shows the evolving condition 0 at first she thinks it is flamboyant and an artistic sin 0 over time she becomes obsessed with giving meaning to the pattern 0 she then decides the wallpaper is a woman behind bars always trying to climb through 0 At the end of the story she eventually rips down the wallpaper and she is identifying herself with the woman in the wallpaper 0 She also chews on the bedpost with her teeth 0 Her husband then comes in and faints and she is yelling at him that she is finally free she has ripped all the paper and can39t be put back 0 She then says in spite of you and Jane which Jane has not been mentioned yet in the story leaving the reader wondering who Jane is then you realize that Jane is herself she has now fully identified with the woman on the wallpaper that she is no longer actually herself and is completely deranged 0 This story shows the medical establishments treatment of female patients


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