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Patchwork Girl lecture 2 outline

Patchwork Girl lecture 2 outline - 9 Land of the “radiant...

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Patchwork Girl lecture 2 outline: Coming to/Coming Apart in America 1. The “story” section of the text from the title page has most of the America material. 2. How does Jackson take a famous work of British fiction— Frankenstein —and make it a uniquely American text? a) the use of Baum’s Oz material b) the creature leaving England for America 3. “I was never comfortable” in Mary’s England (“I am”) 4. America as a land of performances, in which you can play any role you want to (“revised”) 5. Patchwork Girl’s desire, at least at first, to get rid of her scars and her past, and to re-create herself as one cohesive whole. 6. America as a land of self-invention, a country that literally created itself through founding acts of language such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 7. America as a country without history, embracing the new. 8. Chancy’s character: blurring gender roles
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Unformatted text preview: 9. Land of the “radiant future” (“america”—second section) 10. Capitalism gone wild: a response to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (“america”—first section) 11. Or rather, a response to the Walt Whitman in Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California,” where everything in America becomes a commodity to be sold for a particular price, and nature scenes give way to neon supermarkets and cars. Whitman is “lonely” in Ginsberg’s poem. 12. America is where you buy a past (“buying past”). 13. Elsie, and William Carlos Williams’s poem “To Elsie” or “The pure products of America go crazy” 14. America as a union where parts rebel against the whole. The Patchwork Girl falls to pieces here, leaving parts of herself in a supermarket, in Walmart, etc. 15. But is this necessarily a bad thing? See “diaspora” and “what shape.”...
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