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Day 6: Romanticism and Melville


Day 6: Romanticism and Melville E 316P

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Romanticism (or the American Renaissance) and Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener.
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Date Created: 09/20/14
Day 6 Romanticism and Bartleby the Scrivener o back to the man in the cage 0 he39s bleeding because birds are pecking his eyes out through the bars of the cage 0 the man begs de Crevecoeur to shoot him but he doesn39t have a gun or he would have 0 later at dinner they discuss this and agree to disagree 0 we39ll be asked about how slavery undercuts his initial idealism o Romanticism gt the American Renaissance o quotrebirthquot Birth of the American Voice leaving behind the voices of the old world 19th century the word quottechnologyquot was coined the cotton gin Eli Whitney the sewing machine the telegraph linked the states but also the new and old world the steam engine assembly line production not a republic of wealthy landowners anymore the middle class emerges as society grew so did corruption and crime literature grew out of its didactic roots by which we mean it was less about teaching morals Gothic genre Edgar Allen Poe the ideal of Gentleman Authors declined someone being paid to write the way painters can be paid to paint like a patronage individual writers and artists grew out of neoclassicism and saw themselves as prophets and sages there are an antirationalist movement not that we should be illogical but rather that focus should be moved to intuition instead 0 the Bible is no longer the ideal but rather Nature is 0 political corruption 0 Ralph Waldo Emerson The American Scholar Emerson and Whitman were joined at the hip Emerson was the thinker the literary philosopher and Whitman was the poet and the feeler Emersonian Optimism The Sage of Concord highly educated intellectual leader of transcendentalism his commencement address at Harvard was America39s intellectual Declaration of Independence man is not a farmer or a professor or an engineer the farmer is actually a man who farms the one things of value in the world is the active soul life is our dictionary we must be as independent in the arts as in arms o quotBartleby the Scrivener A Story of Wall Streetquot 0 O OOOO OOOOO this is a story about walls Wall Street the erecting of walls between us in business both physically and metaphorically Melville his family had a bit of money but fell on hard times didn39t like school took odd jobs ran away from home and hopped aboard a whaling ship it was terrible so he and a buddy jumped ship and swam to an island met the natives and they tumed out to be cannibals they swam to another island and eventually went home then Melville started writing they were big sellers because they were sensational and exotic but Melville didn39t want to be that kind of writer he wanted to write ART published Moby Dick the 19th century was big on symbolism lost his audience with this but to this day it39s his famous book finished out his life working as a customs inspector he hated the work but he needed to make money The Literary Canon people who we teach people about Melville fell out of the canon until the 40s when it was brought back he39s the ipside of Emerson and Whitman he39s significantly more pessimistic and sees lots of complication in the human spirit story is told by an unnamed narrator he39s an elderly lawyer with his own firm Why are we here What is our purpose in life Bartleby refuses to work because he39s preoccupied with these questions perhaps narrator is a good guy but doesn39t really care about Bartleby he just wants to make his employees work he39s a wellchosen spokesman for society very passive and pale this is before cubicles are created three views of this story a response to Emersonian optimism work as antinature work produces neuroticism an allegory about the artist in a capitalist society 0 man VS machine 0 Bartleby is kind of Melville


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