English 213 2.11.09

English 213 2.11.09 - IntrotoFiction2.11.09 1. OnBoard: a....

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Intro to Fiction 2.11.09 1. On Board: a. Mediate desire       b. The spectrum of male homosocial desire (you may refer to this as homosocial desire OR the male  homosocial spectrum).  c. Walt Whitman d. Oscar Wilde 2. Exam a. No interpretive skill necessary 3. Reproach but then retreating.  a. Characters and novel keep trying to get closer and closer to state of unmediated experience.  b. Trying to overcome the obstacle of mediation (constraints of retrospective).  c. Trying to tell the story from within the moment.  d. BUT novel keeps retreating from this. i. Maybe impossible.  ii. Maybe imminence is too hard to handle.  4. Sexual Politics a. Characters punish female sexuality.  b. Mediated desire     : you’re never attracted to something because its intrinsically desirable BUT rather  because someone else finds it desirable.  i. Your desire is mediated through someone else’s.  ii. Seeing an object through someone else’s eyes.  iii. All desire is imitative.  iv. Structure or dynamic of desire is always triangular: always three people involved.  v. In reality it is gender neutral: two guys and girl, two girls and guys. 1. In pop cultural: generally two guys (active—see from their p.o.v.) and girl (passive). 2. Not exclusive but dominant.  vi. Can the other person be just anyone? 1.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2009 for the course ENGLISH 213-0 taught by Professor Law during the Winter '09 term at Northwestern.

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