9-22 lecture Stevenson

9-22 lecture Stevenson - J & H Part II We left off last...

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We left off last time with the idea that the topography of the city is central to the book—and that the tensions that are connected to the city (and its class divisions) in real life are played out both in the way the book maps the story, and in the persons of the characters Once again: --West/East --false fronts --changing neighborhoods --lamps emphasizing shadow rather than giving light --interpenetration, liminality Nowhere more evident than in Soho, where Utterson visits the apartment of Hyde after the Danvers Carew murder (look at text) --fog again, but here it’s evident that the fog contains threat --mixed nature of Soho exemplifies ideas of dis-ease --evil female figure as somehow emblematic of neighborhood Where are the women in this text? --a world of men --no women on the streets ( emptiness of streets) --observers, incidental victims, threatening manifestations of commercial city: come-ons --(In 1932 movie: difference in “selves” epitomized by good and bad girls, saintly fiancée and the prostitute Ivy) Female observer in Danvers Carew section: --distanced viewpoint adds to the uncertainty of the crime --thrice removed (distance, romance, retelling) --plus class, gender distance on observations
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENGL 283 taught by Professor Geiskes during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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