19 English 103A

19 English 103A - 10/19 Blithedale Romance I. Imagination...

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10/19 Blithedale Romance I. Imagination as Reform, or Cruelty o Coverdale’s imagination, refuge from society and Blithedale, is a gateway for his voyeuristic tendencies Validity of fantasy as artistry, Hawthorne to audience Social criticism o Purpose of art? Deconstruction of existing ideals or construction of Satire : the literary art of diminishing a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking toward it attitudes of contempt -Consider the relation between the imagination of Coverdale and his narration His narration is unreliable, but can romanticizing the truth be considered an art form? o Fosters creativity and individuality Sympathy o Is sympathy a channel of communication between humans, or is it a barrier? Coverdale and Hollingsworth o Rivalry between them becomes a wall between Coverdale and his own emotions Existence of a fundamental “ineffable” feeling amongst humans? Coverdale’s intellectual pursuits conflicts with his ability
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course ENGL 103A taught by Professor Maslan during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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19 English 103A - 10/19 Blithedale Romance I. Imagination...

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