4420 Day 5
workshop…15 min? 20min? per person
Rebekah’s next time; Mikki’s the 15th

  1. Day 4 Pomo vs. Day 5 Modernism—see the literature of replenishment
    1. More Pomo, More Bliss
    2. Romanticism
    1. Realism—transparent
      1. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a mystery, but it tries for the atypical protagonist
      2. yet the prose actually is transparent, clean
    2. modernism has a stylistic focus rather than a political…
    3. modernism is often based on Freud’s idea of the fragmented self (ego, id, superego)
    4. What’s fragmented about the start of Mrs. Dalloway?
    5. pomo is stylistically interesting/short circuity, but is often also political in some way (often dealing with paranoia and power that’s grown out of control)
  1. Winterson
    1. Her book draws us forward—what will happen next to Henri?  When will his innocence be shaken? 
      1. the brothel
      2. villanelle
    2. Some postmodern concerns with power that’s run amuck (Napoleon, Villanelle’s lover; the insane asylum)
    3. fragmented character—Henri ends up being mad, but he also has a young idealist self
    4. The Marvelous?  Or Magical Realism (Remedios the Beauty in One Hundred Years of Solitude p.255)?
    5. Maximalism (not minimalism)
    6. Literature of exhaustion?  No
      1. ironies, yes, parody, not so much
      2. but Winterson isn’t doing a story about middle class people doing realistic middle class things
    7. POV and two voices
      1. Henri
      2. Villanelle
    8. structure—4 act restorative?

vs Modernism, less bliss than pomo


Old Notes:
Discuss art movements like dada (Duchamp) and Surealism (Breton, Dali's The Persistance of Memory), and Automatic Writing (that supposedly helped painters like Dali put 100 foot legs on elephants; Oulipo societies, or workshops of potential literature
Architectures Ch. 6 Beginnings (ideas for starting stories) and the Surrealist Manifesto and Automatic Writing p. 70: surrealism is often compared to dreaming...the paintings were representational, but also full of impossible and disturbing images; automatic writing without stopping for 15-20 minutes can help you tap into your more surreal, even unconscious brain (think Freud and Jung) and make illogic your focus, thus freezing out your editors and censors for a few minutes...
Last time we ended by discussing the list story by Butler T&N p. 38? What gaps stand out?
The importance of trying for the "Difficult Imagination" (Arch p. 16), and pushing against cliches and expectations...and not re-creating the 1812 Overture (unless you're doing music for blockbuster hollywood movies)
Pomo Laundry list...
Hassan's Pomo Laundry List...

Lit. of exhaustion and not being able to create the 1812 Overture over again...so we end up with John Cage?
Brainstorm possible comments one can make on a piece of prose...??

1. Prose/fiction vocabulary to know.
2. Commenting on stories--Barth's Camera Obscura definition

John Barth's "How to Make a Universe."??
--The &Now: Hoang p. 58+ (first person story with headings); Berger p. 36+ "Teddi with an i" (another list story--is it better? Worse?); Novak "In the Beginning is" p. 320+