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Love Through the Ages

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Transcript of Love Through the Ages

Sexual Desire
In the Anthologies/In class:

The Flea - John Donne
To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell
Goblin Market - Rossetti

Wise Children - Angela Carter
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

Themes
Familial Love
Romantic Love
In the Anthologies/In class:

Love's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sonnet 18/ Sonnet 116 - Shakespeare
Stanzas For Music - Byron

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare
A Doll's House - Ibsen
A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
Wider Reading
Love Through the Ages
Romantic Love/ True Love
Sexual Desire
Familial Love
Illicit Love/ Forbidden Love
Anti-Romanticism
Parting
Wider Reading
Come Slowly - Emily Dickinson

Come slowly - Eden!
Lips unused to thee,
Bashful, sip thy jessamines,
As the fainting bee.

Reaching late his flower,
Round her chamber hums,
Counts his nectars,
Enters - and is lost in balms.

-Emily Dickinson was a Victorian poet
-Notable that she wrote so openly about desire in a time when sex was a taboo topic
-In contrast to the Metaphysical poets, the imagery is of fertility - a feminine perspective.
Wider Reading
The Bloody Chamber - Angela Carter

When I saw him look at me with lust, I dropped my eyes but, in glancing away from him, I caught sight of myself in the mirror...for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that took my breath away.

-A short story, from the collection
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
- all based on fairytales or folklore
-Based on
Bluebeard
, a French folk tale
-In Carter's version, female curiosity is not punished but rewarded as the protagonist lives happily ever after
-Similar concept to Duffy's
The World's Wife
collection
In the Anthologies/In class:

A Parental Ode to my Son - Thomas Hood
Catrin - Gillian Clarke

Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

King Lear - Shakespeare
Way of the World - Congreve
Wider Reading
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.

-Different perspective on the afterlife perhaps reflecting its postmodernist genre
-Heaven instead consists of the protagonist Eddie, learning 5 lessons about life, loss, forgiveness, love and purpose.
-The novel flicks between past and present
Illicit Love
In the Anthologies/In class:

I Arise From Dreams of Thee - Byron
Lullaby - Auden

Pamela - Samuel Richardson
Shamela - Henry Fielding

'Tis Pity She's a Whore - Ford
A Woman of No Importance - Wilde
Mrs. Warren's Profession - Shaw
Wider Reading
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.

-Protagonist, Humbert Humbert, is an unreliable narrator, telling his story directly to the reader as part of his manuscript
-Genre is tragicomedy, full of puns, anagrams, double entendres and word play.
-Lolita is described as a nymphet - she is depicted through Humbert's memory as his creation, from his self-deceived perspective
Wider Reading
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Edward Albee

Martha:
"I'm entertaining. I'm entertaining one of the guests. I'm necking with one of the guests."

-The play explores the breakdown of a middle-aged couple, set the evening after a party at the university that they work at
- Follows the classical unities - Time, Place and Action.
-Can also link to the theme of family - the couple's inability to conceive has created this tension
-Title is a pun on Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? and explores living life with and without false illusions
Anti-Romanticism
In the Anthologies/In class:

Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd - Walter Raleigh
Valentine - Carol Ann Duffy
Bloody Men - Wendy Cope

Wise Children - Angela Carter
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare
Way of the World - Congreve
Wider Reading
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.

-Novel is regarded as a roman-a-clef, as it parallels Plath's own descent into mental illness
-Told through a series of flashbacks, exploring her past relationships
-All the male characters in the book are portrayed as oppressive and patriarchal


Parting
In the Anthologies/In class:

Parting - Emily Dickinson
Since We Two Parted - Byron
Stop All the Clocks - Auden

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Enduring Love - Ian McEwan

Betrayal - Harold Pinter
Othello - Shakespeare
Wider Reading
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

[Frank] "But I want you to care!"
[April] "I know you do. And I suppose I would if I loved you; but you see I don't. I don't love you and I never really have." She picked up a dust cloth and went into the living room, a tired, competent housewife with chores to do.

-Novel comments on the 'tattered remains of the American Dream' that was so prevalent in 30s.
-Her language is calm and controlled, emotionally detached - the nuclear family ideal is degraded to tediousness
Revising Quotations
Other types of love?
-Materialism
-Rejection/Unrequited Love
-Marriage

Looking for quotations from a certain book/by a certain author?
goodreads.com/quotes
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