Who speaks? Who sees?

Happy Bloomsday! (June 16th is the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses is set–June 16, 1904.)

A few reminders for tomorrow’s class:

1. If you haven’t yet submitted your Report #1, tomorrow is the last chance to do so without a good explanation.

2. Please bring a copy of the two stories we are reading. I prefer the book or, in the case of short stories, the printout, but I don’t mind if you bring it as an e-copy. What’s important is that you have it with you. It makes talking about the work a lot easier, and it’s good practice in any field.

3. Read actively–another good thing to do in general. Take notes as you read, or write notes in the margins. It hardly matters if it’s a question about something you don’t get, or an opinion about something, or an interpretation.

4. Think about the Henry James and the Ernest Hemingway stories. How are they similar? How are they different? What is different about the way in which they are told? Who is speaking in the two stories? How would you characterize the narrators–their opinions, their gender, their politics, their sense of humour, whatever…? Are some characters’ perspectives privileged over others? How does this bias (if it is a bias) play into what the story means? More simply: is Daisy really just “a flirt”, as Winterbourne believes? Why? Why not? What sort of person is Winterbourne? And what’s Calvinism got to do with it? In “Hills like White Elephants,” what is the “operation” that they keep (not) talking about? How does “the American man” really feel? What about Jig?


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