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<Draft 1> Hae Dong Yoo Prof. Tara K. Parmiter Writing the Essay November 29, 2006 Questioning the Canon: this is the ultimate thesis that Jeanette Winterson tries to pursue on her readers. Throughout her essays, Winterson suggests her readers to have tolerance of seeing “Otherness” in artworks. To experiment, to question the canon, to see the “Otherness,” and to embrace the artwork as it is, are the gradual objectives in her essays. She first starts her book by explaining the notion of objecting the canon. In her essay “Art Objects,” she explains how to embrace otherness of artworks as it is. She asserts: We know that the universe is infinite, expanding and strangely complete, that it lacks nothing we need, but in spite of that knowledge, the tragic paradigm of human life is lack, loss, finality, a primitive doomsaying that has not been repealed by technology or medical science. The arts stand in the way of this doomsaying. Art objects. The nouns become an active force not a collector’s item. Art objects (“Art Objects”, 19). Here, Winterson suggests the transition of the word form. Earlier in her essay she explains that people refuse to accept new artistic trends or movements. Just because they are not familiar with the movement, they hold the traditional canon in making a
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judgment for the movement. Yet new art objects to such a trial, making a space where Otherness can breathe in the society. To the canon, Art objects. The mere suppression of the new artistic movements is shattered, and there replaces the tolerance for Otherness. In this case, the word object is very important. In the beginning, art objects are just collector’s items for the canonical beauty. These arts bounded by canons are just stuffed idols, not lively creative figures. However art then objects to the canons, enabling readers to see other “humour and generosity, sublimity of mankind made visible through art” (Art Objects, 20). “Object” can be both noun and verb, but Winterson prefers the word to be the verb, which gives life to the fixed objects. Here, Winterson’s notion of art objects become a lively creature, which brings a question toward the canon, and this is the reason why Winterson brings the doubleness of the meaning of the word into the conversation. It is an artist that breathes a thought into the art object and questions the canon, but wouldn’t an artist consider his or her readers or viewers? Normally artists are dependent on their supporters for their living. If they continually object to the canons and make their supporters uncomfortable to enjoy their art works, who would support them to maintain the artists’ lives? Winterson gives an answer to these questions in her essays “A Veil of Words” and “Writer, Reader, Words.” Some people would argue that writers should not end up in pushing
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