9lecture1780bpygmalion09SU - Lecture 9 Clements 1 School of...

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Lecture 9 Clements 1 School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies Summer 2009 AK/HUMA 1780 6.0A Stories in Diverse Media ANNOUNCEMENTS : Reminder : please check your yorku.ca email account regularly for this course as this is the email to which course material is sent. Your assignments will be emailed back to you at this account, for example. I have been informed by OCTES that the uploading problems have been resolved. Because of these issues I will extend the deadline for submission. Please upload your assignment no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 7. Visit the following website to submit your assignment: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/disted/coversheetweb.htm OCTES asks that students who continue to experience issues contact them directly at 416-736-5831 for assistance. Also please be patient with the assignment return. I am the only Professor for this course of 80 students. There are a lot of questions posed for discussion in today’s lecture and lecture summary. As usual you do not need to answer all of them. Choose the ones that interest you the most and make comments to which your classmates can respond and engage in discussion. Next Monday is the midterm test. For more information please see the Midterm Test Format outline in the Exam Information folder.
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Clements 2 Art Objects and their Makers: The Pygmalion Myth Transformed Last week I talked about Ovid's and Shaw's versions of the Pygmalion story. Today, we'll start by looking at a series of paintings by the pre-Raphaelite painter, Edward Burne-Jones. You will also need to view a few scenes from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical My Fair Lady. On Thursday you will need to watch Deepa Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood . Both the films should be available at your local video store; the Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL) at York's Scott Library also has copies of both films. We established a few things about Ovid's original last week. The story foregrounds a number of ideas and themes. The first would be the theme of transformation (from something unformed or inanimate into a living being). As I mentioned, this is a larger theme that runs throughout Ovid's Metamorphoses , hence the title. Coming out of this theme is the issue of the process of artistic creation: the artist and his art object. Thirdly, the myth explores the themes of perfection and idealization. The creation (the sculpture) is so perfect that it comes alive. The story also implicitly asks, what is the ideal woman? It then proceeds to give us one answer in the form of the bejeweled Galatea. What it means to be female is set up right at the start as the story begins with Pygmalion's rejection of the women of Cyprus whom he describes as "whores." They are his reason for swearing off women altogether. Shaw also picks up on this misogyny with Higgins' treatment of Eliza Doolittle and Lerner and Loewe capitalize on it in one of their songs titled "With a Little Bit of Luck." In the myth it is Pygmalion's
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