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Wednesday's notes on lecture, Monday was purely syllabus review which can be found on Poly Learn and responses to the questions what are literature? What can and can't literature do? Which was turn...
Introduction to Literary Studies
Dr. Ryan Hatch
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english, Literary Studies, Literature




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sierra Taylor on Friday April 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENGL 202 01 at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo taught by Dr. Ryan Hatch in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 44 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Literary Studies in Foreign Language at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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Date Created: 04/01/16
Notes: Fiction: Reading, Responding, Writing p.12­16 fiction: stories or narratives about imaginary persons and events  Accused wife kills her alleged lover: ­ Kate Uhl (wife) stabs Bryan Pownall because alleged infidelity to husband Mervin  Uhl. i. certain points of view better representd ii. certain details highlighted iii. “Women Become Desperate” iv. accusations of adultery and rape­ are they true?  The Elephant in the Village of the Blind (Buddhist story) ­ blind village encounters elephant, each having a different description of what it was­  argued about the truth ­ different versions of the telling stories alter meanings ­ combine descriptions to satisfy and create one description Cathedral by Raymond Carver (1938­88) Background: Born in Clatskanie, Oregon; married at 19, 2 kids by 21; died of lung cancer at age  50; alcoholic; characters are a reflection of himself: poor, alcoholic, self­destructing and lonely­  labeled as “good people” Notes: ­ narrator not excited about blind fiend of wife’s coming to visit because his wife (blind guy) died, uncomfortable with blindness because of media portrayal ­ wife hired by the blind man to read and organize because her and ex­fiance had no  money, on last day of employment the blind man asked to touch her face, she allowed so, tried to write a poem about it (does twice a year after important things happen) ­ wife married officer and began tape communication with blind man, told him  everything about not liking being a military wife, she tries to commit suicide ­ wife shows narrator tape from blind man ­ blind man’s wife’s name is Beulah ­ blind man (Robert) met Beulah because she worked for him after narrator’s wife quit, married in small church wedding, Beulah died from cancer, Robert never saw Beulah, left with small insurance policy and ½ of 20 peso Mexican coin after Beulah’s death ­ Robert in late 40’s wearing all brown, full beard, no cane or dark glasses (stereotype), roaming eyes, likes Scotch, smokes cigs ­ eats dinner, wife and Robert talk about the last 10 yrs, wife doesn’t mention marrying narrator which he was hopeful for, Robert traveled in past ­ Robert prefers colored TV (ironic), can tell the difference between black and colored  tvs. ­ Robert and narrator smoke weed and wife ­ wife falls asleep between Robert and narrator while watching TV ­ TV shows: men dressed as cows (?) tormented by men dressed as skeletons and  devils­ took place in Spain ­ 3 cathedrals­ one in Paris ­ narrator describes cathedrals (now more than 3) to Robert ­ narrator asks if Robert knows what a cathedral looks like ­ “took 100’s of workers to build, same generations of families, workers never lived to  see completion­ no different from the rest of us” ­ Robert asks if narrator is religious, says no. ­ narrator helps Robert draw cathedral on paper ­ asks narrator to close eyes and draw, and then to open and see work­ keeps closed  “it’s really something” Sample Essay Notes ­ gives away/negates everything within first sentence ­ good point about use of name involving intimacy and relationships, which the  narrator lacks ­ good use of time period background knowledge and the narrator’s phrases. What makes literature literary? ­ Timeless  parallels a life lesson – educative function; needs to age, letting it stand  the test of time ­ passion/truth/meaning ­ insight into “the human condition” ­ transcends its immediate context ­ posing the question of literature means to pose the questions of “literary standards” ­ delayed release ­ alternative viewpoint ­ antagonism between a work of art and its context (a desire for transformation) ­ splits its audience in 2 (a provocation) ­ no singular moral (goal), reminds us of otherness ­ it can disorient us ­ can change interpretation with every reader ­ trains us in empathy ­ want to identify with the logic of the text itself, why the author makes the character  do what it does ­ it can’t always give us the full picture because it is limited to the words and  perspectives of the speaker ­ no such thing as a truly objective story Wrote comprehensive synopsis: summary of details, about what characters feel about what  happened, what is unsaid, the tone and attitude towards characters and events


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