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Engl 133TL Lectures - English 133TL 22:12 1/11/12 Wednesday...

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Unformatted text preview: English 133TL 22:12 1/11/12 Wednesday The Deadly Space Between History v. histories histories are localized, concrete narratives All History starts as histories History imposes over other histories/narratives history v. literature documentary v. fictional fictional (true blood) crossover is deadly Manifest Destiny Everyone was going westward because thats where free land is the expansion of US Henry Lefebvre, The Production of Space : 1. Absolute space utopian space Indians living on their land your space, you own it, block out intrusion of outside world nature, no industrialization, pastoral, pre-capitalist mode of production 2. Abstract space humans, capitalist, production, human colonization of nature, made by human beings product of violence and war, whatever threatens them 3. Contradictory space Abstract space commits violence on absolute space contradiction Different fashions or interests, less antagonist way of looking at space 4. Differential space Organizing space politically and geographically James Cook His job was to record observation of passage of Venus in front of Sun Joseph Banks was a famous botanist On Cooks return from trip, the local Hawaiians were celebrating the season of their God Lano James Cook gets cooked for impostering as Hawaiians God (he yells out in pain and their God doesnt feel pain) Entangled objects The value of objects is up for grabs Indians have no idea of the value of things Value is contextual and cultural Objects that are removed from cultural origin are now used for different functions and meanings, up for grab, no one has the ultimate last say over what it is 1/18/11 Wednesday Herman Melville Born on August 1, 1819, in NYC In January 1841, joined the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific In June 1842, deserting ship in the Marquesas and spending four weeks living among the natives (Taipis) Came back to Boston Harbor looking like a savage Published Typee in 1846, and Moby-Dick in 1851 Typee Type of human cannibal? Typecast Beachcomber Text The longest wave that touched the land Most diligent hardworking wave comes from Hawaii or Japan to touch (comb) the beach Beachcombers lived in the Pacific Manuscript culture Print culture Problem of unreliability Drunk or stoned memories not reliable No verification of facts Storytelling has variation each time its retold Inaccuracy in print culture Different spellings are a symptom Ethnographic work A Peep at Polynesian Life Anthropology is a Peeping tom Melville tries to capture the sound of the Pacific Melvilles run away return as re-turn...
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