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Storytelling and Community 15-3-9 8:52 AM Feb.9, 2015 Holden Caulfield said: “what really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it… I wouldn’t mind calling the Isak Dinesen up.” Karen Blixen = Isak Dinesen She wrote it originally in English. When in Danish, she used her real name. Her father, a solider, hunter, politician, has a big influence on her. She father committed suicide when she was 10. Anecdotes of Density. --- Hand of fate. She was the first women elected in their government. Feminism Her husband was a Swedish Barron. She enjoyed Barronish. Master slave/servant dialect. Modern 20 th century woman. Out of Africa She spent time in Africa for a long time. – British East Africa (Now Kenya) They owned a coffee shop. Ending up with operating a coffee farm on her self. Independent woman. 20 th century economic depression. She lost financially. She moved back to Denmark to her mom’s home, asking for allowance. Story teller (oral tradition) – writer
Why wrote in English? British guy she fell in love with She could make more money if she foregoes the translation Classic ancient story telling – stories outside Denmark Her characters are not characteristically realized person?? “A story within a story” format Scheherazade – she has to tell stories for 1001 nights to prolong her life The king found out his fiancée disloyal to him before marriage He wanted to execute all women by marrying them at night and executing them in the morning Scheherazade wants to change and save the community Isak – laughter in Denis Feast (food), Especially wrote for American readers. Her story first appeared in Good housekeeping – American journal Babette’s Feast A real town in Northern Norway These two ladies were wearing grey, black and white all their lives Contrary to aristocratic (Isak) Their rules  don’t show off Anomaly of a Frenchmaid to the sisters (Isak is poking fun of) Outsider status helps to see the insider with a philosophical view
Extensionlism philosophy?? Isak’s Babette’s Feast is a story that engages Kierkgaard’s philosophy Two sisters’ sacrifice: etherly love, romantic love Two renounced/sacrificed romantic love The general is a wild, self-indulgent guy, when Martine rejected him Temptation to being a star: “first time in life kept a secret” The Duet he taught – seduction duet Kierkgaard’s 3 levels of existence The Religious Really meaningful Divine madness, not rational The Ethical Duty, responsibilities to others The Aesthetic Mundane Don Giovanni (Don Juan) & Zerlina Faithless seduction Either spiritual or sensual Forbidden Love
Sin of lost?

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