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What is Literature?
Transcript of What is Literature?
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What is Literature?
- Written works with artistic value
- Works that are subject to study
- Works excelling in the
form / expression / ideas / having widespread and lasting interest
Miles City, Montana
- 1st or I-narrator
- 2nd (involving the reader)
- 3rd-person (as omniscient narrator)
- Collective or We-narrator
- Narrator as an authorial tool to:
organise / select / present / describe /comment / address the reader
1620-1750 1750-1800 1800-1870 1870-1900
Puritan and Age of Reason Transcendentalism Realism and
Colonial Literature War of Ind. American Civil War Regionalism
'Local colour' writing in which the focus lies on local aspects of a particular region such as language, culture, geography and race.
Light and dark
Power and knowledge
Rome as the city of passion and ruins
Barbara and Jenny: daughters following in their mother's footsteps??
Roman Fever: Who has it? What is it?
Third-person narrator: providing objectivity
The twist in the tale: did Delphin know that he was Babs' father? And does it matter?
Five Little Ducks
Dead deer on trucks
- Gothic, dark romanticism (things about the architecture, atmosphere)
- Powerful feelings, longing for freedom, rebellion
- Wild natural environment, isolation
- Violent and supernatural events
- Strong passions (love, revenge)
- Extreme characters and contrasting values (heaven/earth; life/death;
social ideals/natural realities
- Byronic hero
unfamiliar to readers,
supernatural events, exotic
and vast foreign settings,
death, decay, darkness, and
madness, extremes, gloomy,
dramatic, power-hungry obsession leading
to ultimate downfall
Walton [Victor (monster) Victor] Walton
Framed narratives with a 'pyramid'
or 'Russian doll' structure
Proud, moody, cynical, defiant, misery in heart, revengeful, strong passions, secret and mysterious past, highly intelligent, widely travelled, desirable to women....
Philosophy established by Edmund Burke
Contends that something which is beautiful is not necessarily sublime.
Sublimity focuses on the inherent
fear that accompanies something
naturally vast and imposing. It
instills a sense of awe and terror.
Beauty is aesthetically pleasing but doesn't have the power to astonish or destroy us. Sublimity refers to vastness, infinity and inimitability
From city (industrialization) to nature (individual fulfilment, escape)
Reaction against rationalism, science, theories
Looks beyond what can be observed
From religion to atheism
rationalism to imagination
MAKE SURE YOU WATCH
THE FILM ABOUT SHELLEY AND CO. IN GENEVA!
Think about how the setting
is linked to the sublime -
ice and frozen wastelands
St Petersburg & Archangel
and the cartoon summary
of the novel on SparkNotes