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CompLit Notes - Friday GoaloftheDcourse..Binariesnotuseful....

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Notes for ComLit 1D—Murray-Roman 13/5/08 Friday Goal of the D course. Non-Western literature. Binaries not useful. Variety of different cultural influences. Colonization and decolonization: creation of a contact zone, attempts to take a place over politically and  economically. People from the colony are now moving to the colonizing nation. (Walcott moving to  Britain) their presence in Europe, both “ a remainder and a reminder  of the imperial past”. Idea that we  are here because you were there. Even when political ties are broken, the emotional attachment  remains.   Modality of response to Western literature  Concepts:    Poetics of nonsense -Charwoman, Jesusita Rodriguez, la Malinche—telling, reluctant translator. Manipulations  of language where the actual words cannot be the point. Sense of repetition, creating meaning that doesn’t rely  on traditional interpretations of language. Roundabout way of saying things. Nothing logical or comprehensible.  Texts that refuse to provide a concrete and absolute and discernable meaning or purpose. Some part of Rolling  the R’s. thinking about avoidance. Trying to talk about something but using anything but what they’re trying to  say to say it. Transculturation and indigenization, pulling from different cultural sources,  pastiche . No transitions  or sensical phrasing. Sourcing things from popular culture and then throwing them together.  Camp -Rolling the R’s, gay culture, being flamboyant. Associated with theatricality, gender clearness.  Performances of femininity and masculinity. Taking a normalized idea and exaggerating it to the point where it is  so beyond the bounds of normalcy that it calls it into question. Used to push gender identity to a place of queer.  Questioning. Definitions are culturally-grounded.  Counterpoint : Said, discussion of exile. Musical formulation: two different melodies happening at the same  time. someone has two different sets of experiences that are coexisting, living in two places. Memories yet also  experiencing the present. Hemon’s work. Everything he’s talking about is in the form of letters to Sarajevo, life  that he leads in his physical space is very empty. Julia-narrator voices and stories are intermingling. Existing  simultaneously in both spaces. Dirty Pretty Things, Okwe is trapped by his past, decisions that he makes in  London are motivated by and guided by the politics of the space he came out of and thinking about his  daughter.  - scapes and contact zones . See notes.   happy. Actually have notes on this.  Mary Louise Pratt. Talking about colonialism.  Cultures are transformed. Appadurai. Scapes: global and cultural 
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