English 213 1.21.09

English 213 1.21.09 - I ntro to Fiction 01.21.09 1....

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Intro to Fiction 01.21.09 1. Frankenstein a. Binary (opposite) pair: delay/spontaneity, blindness/insight i. Narrative as diachronic 1. It isn’t just a single dominant metaphor. It unravels the relationship between a pair or set of things. 2. Function of narratives a. Conceptual oppositions of our culture i. i.e. Gender: masculinity and femininity ii. deep structural difference between the two. iii. Detective fiction revolves around gender 1. Maybe detective fiction is a kind of love story. 3. Scandal in Bohemia a. Stories within stories: Doyle Watson Holmes b. Gender: P. 206: she stands in for all femininity. i. Masculinity threatened by femininity. ii. Fundamental oppositions in this passage: 1. Reason v. emotion 2. Men v. women 3. Perfect machine v. “grit” 4. Concentration v. distraction iii. Detection v. mystery iv. Order v. disorder c. Narrative attempts to align binary oppositions i. This is to this as this is to that, etc. d.
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