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Sexting Through the Ages. English 250 A02 Professor Stephen Ross www.ghostprof.org. Roman de la Rose Jean de Muen (c. 1230 CE). Rosebud!. Georgia O’Keefe Rose. Georgia O’Keefe Lily. Quest Narratives. hero journeys to seek prize/reward faces implacable enemies (here, Jealousy)

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sexting through the ages

Sexting Through the Ages

English 250 A02

Professor Stephen Ross

www.ghostprof.org

quest narratives
Quest Narratives
  • hero journeys to seek prize/reward
  • faces implacable enemies (here, Jealousy)
  • overcomes obstacles (damn hymen!)
  • achieves objective
  • usually results in marriage (that means S-E-X)
  • and prosperity, happiness, children, etc.
  • profoundly heteronormative
allegory
Allegory
  • metaphor
  • blatant and obvious – Jealousy is the figure for jealousy
  • one-to-one relationship between figure and meaning
  • lessons, lessons, lessons – there is a moral
  • in case you miss it, you’ll be told
  • play on morality in this excerpt, though, right?
homosexuality
Homosexuality
  • historical emergence
  • product of 19thC taxonomy
  • sin, sin, sin
  • dare not speak its name
  • knowledge that is forbidden
  • knowledge itself as sexy – biblical tradition
  • Wilde’s Trials
falls
Falls
  • Satan

according

to Milton

in Paradise

Lost (1667)

falls1
Falls
  • Satan

according

to Milton

in Paradise

Lost (1667)

  • Man

according to

the Bible

falls2
Falls
  • Satan

according

to Milton

in Paradise

Lost (1667)

  • Man

according to

the Bible

dr faustus from a woodcut illustration of christopher marlowe s play of the same name 1592
Dr. Faustusfrom a woodcut illustration of Christopher Marlowe’s play of the same name (1592)
sex cab for cutie
Sex Cab for Cutie
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
    • tone – clinical, passionate, detached, breathless?
    • rhythm – fast, slow, variable, staccato, sustained?
    • sentence length – short, long, variable, …?
    • punctuation, syntax – lots of full-stops, or flow?
slide19

how do they position the reader/viewer?

  • why is this in a cab?
  • and what is up with that ejaculation scene?
the hot bits
The Hot Bits
  • do these read differently from hetero sex scenes?
  • how do they position the reader/viewer?
  • why is this in a cab?
  • and what is up with that ejaculation scene?
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dGhsRsHXP8
content theme
Content/Theme
  • What happens here?
content theme1
Content/Theme
  • What happens here?
  • What are the main thematic elements?
content theme2
Content/Theme
  • What happens here?
  • What are the main thematic elements?
  • Who are the characters?
content theme3
Content/Theme
  • What happens here?
  • What are the main thematic elements?
  • Who are the characters?
  • What’s the setting?
content theme4
Content/Theme
  • What happens here?
  • What are the main thematic elements?
  • Who are the characters?
  • What’s the setting?
  • What makes these things erotic?
slide27
Form
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
slide28
Form
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
    • tone – clinical, passionate, detached, breathless?
slide29
Form
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
    • tone – clinical, passionate, detached, breathless?
    • rhythm – fast, slow, variable, staccato, sustained?
slide30
Form
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
    • tone – clinical, passionate, detached, breathless?
    • rhythm – fast, slow, variable, staccato, sustained?
    • sentence length – short, long, variable, …?
slide31
Form
  • Formal Qualities
    • word choice – how do the words sound? what do they evoke?
    • tone – clinical, passionate, detached, breathless?
    • rhythm – fast, slow, variable, staccato, sustained?
    • sentence length – short, long, variable, …?
    • punctuation, syntax – lots of full-stops, or flow?
next week
Next Week:
  • Eat or be Eaten?
  • Readings:
    • “The Platonic Blow”
    • from Macho Sluts
    • “Figs”
    • Goblin Market
    • “The Flea”
    • Humour Piece: “The Disappointment”