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English_217_Notes - English 217 Spring 2009 Friday, January...

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English 217 Spring 2009 Friday, January 23, 2009 Monday, January 26, 2009 Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Monday, February 02, 2009 Wednesday, February 04, 2009 Friday, February 6, 2009  Monday, February 9, 2009 Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Friday, February 13, 2009 Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Friday, February 20, 2009 Monday, February 23, 2009 Page 1
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Friday, January 23, 2009: What’s going on in this time? 1620’s and on o Obsessed with the metaphor—the body as in the “Body of Christ” o They just didn’t know that much about their world There was a town and then there were the woods The woods were scary to them (Bears, Native Americans, etc…) So, their world was pretty small o They didn’t know much, but what they knew a lot of was about the body o Idea of the body and looking at the body to find out something about God/Faith is a really  old idea Thought you could find concrete proof of God on the body John Winthrop —“A Model of Christian Charity” o 1630ish o Uncertainty of the unknown, geographical world forced a turn towards the anatomical,  bodily world Colonial Maps Renaissance Art o Geography becomes Anatomy—Winthrop finds Christ’s love embodied in the physical  form Love is “a bond or a ligament” (152) Starts at the bottom of 152—Was talking about God’s  Law/Mercy/Justice… This bond “knits” together not only individuals, but also communities, churches,  etc.—the “souls of men” become joined together, like Adam, into “one body again  in Christ” (154) This love (this model of perfect Christian charity) can knit the community/ someone together to be the perfect harmonious community if they want  to succeed o Thinks they can make Adam perfect again in his old age This natural body knit out of Christ’s love is a source of “pleasure and content”  (155) o For Winthrop, the perfection of Christ’s love is a perfect human body o This new “city on the hill” is based on order, discipline, justice There is a set of order and everyone has to follow rules Some of us will be poor and some of us will be rich We have to keep this order of levels of society The order of the human body is juxtaposed with the disorder of the wilderness A lack or order results in physical chaos—“shipwreck” (157) They are very isolated, so if things go bad, they can only look to  themselves to correct it So, Winthrop says there has to be order and we have to try to be perfect,  or we will die Page 2
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A lack of order, or a lack of belief, results in deformity, and abhorrent derailing of 
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 217 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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