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Storytelling and Community15-3-9 8:52 AMFeb.9, 2015Holden Caulfield said:“what really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish theauthor that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phonewhenever you felt like it… I wouldn’t mind calling the Isak Dinesen up.”Karen Blixen = Isak DinesenShe 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. FeminismHer husband was a Swedish Barron.She enjoyed Barronish. Master slave/servant dialect.Modern 20thcentury woman.Out of AfricaShe spent time in Africa for a long time. – British East Africa (Now Kenya) They owned acoffee shop. Ending up with operating a coffee farm on her self. Independent woman. 20thcentury 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 withShe could make more money if she foregoes the translationClassic ancient story telling – stories outside DenmarkHer characters are not characteristically realized person??“A story within a story” formatScheherazade – she has to tell stories for 1001 nights to prolong her lifeThe king found out his fiancée disloyal to him before marriageHe wanted to execute all women by marrying them at night and executing them in themorningScheherazade wants to change and save the communityIsak – laughter in DenisFeast (food), Especially wrote for American readers.Her story first appeared in Good housekeeping – American journalBabette’s FeastA real town in Northern NorwayThese two ladies were wearing grey, black and white all their livesContrary to aristocratic (Isak)Their rules don’t show offAnomaly 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 philosophyTwo sisters’ sacrifice: etherly love, romantic loveTwo renounced/sacrificed romantic loveThe general is a wild, self-indulgent guy, when Martine rejected himTemptation to being a star: “first time in life kept a secret”The Duet he taught – seduction duetKierkgaard’s 3 levels of existenceThe ReligiousReally meaningfulDivine madness, not rationalThe EthicalDuty, responsibilities to othersThe AestheticMundaneDon Giovanni (Don Juan) & ZerlinaFaithless seductionEither spiritual or sensualForbidden Love