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Crying of Lot 49 Class
Transcript of Crying of Lot 49 Class
? Mucho Maas
? Pierce Inverarity
Penetration (the truth) Dr. Hilarious
Transparency Yoyodyne Tristero Real meaning or empty? Asking for Interpretation Tupperware parties
(false social interaction)
"Residue of lives"
Unfairness "Dented malfunctioning version of self" Insensitive ========> Sensitive cf. "Valley of Ashes" (Gatsby) Varo Triptych (p. 13) mirrors Genesis Creating (weaving) a world
"spin a tale"
"tell a yarn" "Shades" Looking at the world through tears (13) Prisoner Oedipa = weavers / Rapunzel Tower = Kinneret (suburbs) Dark masked Figure Witch?
The Fates (mythology) Controller
(Eckleberg's Eyes) (Gatsby) Good or Evil?? Pierce = Prince or Tyrant Noticably (if sensitive)
Magic "Malignant" Internal Focalization (POV)
Access to Oedipa's thoughts
BUT limited/imperfect/biased perspective Language
Plot = ?
"Making the pieces fit" Names "Little Boxes" The "Unvarying Grey Sickness" Used Car Lot Closed (Learned Helplessness) San Narciso Printed circuit "Intent to communicate" (15) Mike Fallopian Manny Depresso Un-Natural Emergent "order" "Concealed meaning" (Almost) Inaudible rush of concealed meaning Verge of Revelation "Odd Religious Instant" Metzger="Butcher" Oedipa vs "natural" "Revelation"
(29, 15, ...)
meaning Science / Law
Iterative Once upon a time there was ____________
Every day, _______________________
One day, _____________ happened
Because of THAT, ______________ happened
Because of THAT, _______________ happened
Finally, __________________ Detective story
Discovering "the truth"
Clues don't fit
pieces come together
Confrontation vs. Echo courts Echo + narcissus : Myth Solipsistic Empty Communication Oedipa = Echo (26) Too many coincidences ? Oedipa/Reader = Detective Frustration, desperation, hypnosis Closed systems / Bubble Metzger: lawyer/actor Manny Dipresso : Lawyer /actor Roseman: Lawyer, hates actors Reliability?
Truth vs. Fiction Igor Fangoso Lagoons Pierce's ("Founding Father's" (15)) "Interests"
Beaconsfield Cigarettes (21)
Turkish Bath (25)
All of San Narciso??
Thurn and Taxis (postal monopoly)
Pony Express (63, 75)
(McCarthy) "Strip Boticelli" of what? Disturbed
Puzzled Hairspray scene (23)
What point? Ambivalent Strip Tease
Wrapped in clothes
Stay hidden/protected/insulated Ambivalence about Imprisonment Broken mirror
Bud luck, bad omen
End of hypnosis Metaphor for entire plot?
Unresolved Unpredictable, or knowable?? "end to her encapsulation" (29) "Tristero"
=hysteria ? Stamp collection Sensitizing/Seduction the Scope yoyo, power Yoyodyne employees Post Horn mute Signal battle Silence
"new mode of expression"
"T-t-t-t-t" Inclusive/Combination "Winners" / Monoply /"Haves" / Official / Powerful / Hegemony / Suburban milieu Dead Zones Difficulties Trystero:
Oedipa->Driblette->Zapf's paperback ("corrupt")->publisher warehouse (70)->"tryst" whitechapel version (botrz: corrupt) ->critic : "trystero" -> ?->Bortz: secret pornographic Vatican version "Trystero" (Scurvhamites ?)-> Blobb? Tristero : Modern Spelling? Latinate Spelling? or Red Herring?
(29, 36, etc.)
"Founding figure" : Henrando Joaquin de Tristero 110) "El Desheredado"
We Await Silent Tristero's Empire W.A.S.T.E. Disinherited/Abandoned/Losers/Underground/ Have-nots/ Forgotten /Betrayed / Insurgent Hernando...
Doomed Soldiers (Lago de Pietà)
Indians, Women, Minorities
Deaf Mute Society
...EVERYONE Pierce Pierce's Will = who is the inheritor (-ress)