English 88M Lecture Notes

English 88M Lecture Notes - Lecture1...

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Lecture 1 16:27 What are Fashionable Novels? Definition: 1820s to 1830s Newgate novels are the history of criminals. Fashionable novels are about high-life. Considered to be a historical record of the time Were not read as novels Questions What does it mean to read these texts as novels? What do we gain from reading them as novels? Claim Do the novels really present true accounts? How accurate are they? How do they support that claim to accuracy? Novels claim to be a transparent window. Reading it will show you what its like to be a fashionable aristocrat Transparently accurate
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Problem: narrator, frame, selection; cannot be transparently accurate, they’re novels Material World Carry specific bags, go to specific places  Barthes’ l’effect du reel – less important an detail is, the more it contributes to reality;  little details create effect of reality What kind of audience is the author targeting? Fashionable Aristocracy, contemporaneity, change over time What is the Fashionable? Linked to aristocracy but not identical Aristocracy – a group of titled people, but titles can and did change Publishing History 1825 – 1848 (Vanity Fair) Henry Colburn published majority of the novels. Most successful early C19 publishers Used practices now considered standard but questionable at the time Often published anonymously Fashionable Novels are very self-aware.  1820 – 1830 political reform literary ignored
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Lecture 3 16:27 Almacks
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Lecture 3 16:27 William Almack – Almack’s Assembly Room St. James London Weekly event during the fashionable season (social season) End of Easter – August 12 th Exclusiveness of not being able to get into Almacks Make or Break you
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