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Lecture 19: NU MISH BOOT ZUP KO

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Slideshow for the nineteenth lecture in my summer course, English 10, "Introduction to Literary Studies: Deception, Dishonesty, Bullshit."

http://patrickbrianmooney.nfshost.com/~patrick/ta/m15/

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Lecture 19: NU MISH BOOT ZUP KO

  1. 1. Lecture 19: NU MISH BOOT ZUP KO PATRICK MOONEY, M.A. ENGLISH 10, SUMMER SESSION A 22 JULY 2015
  2. 2. Some questions about Scocca ● What does Scocca mean by “smarm”? ● italicized questions at bottom of p. 4.: how are they smarmy? ● What does Scocca mean by “snark”? ● How are these two things related?
  3. 3. Further questions ● What’s wrong with “positive-only” book reviews? What do we expect from book reviews? ● How does Scocca use the actual text of tweets as evidence? How does this advance his argument? (pp. 6-7) ● How were both participants in the 2012 election “smarmy”? What effect does this have on political debate? (pp. 9-10) ● How is the demand for “niceness” and “respect” different from the search for actual truth?
  4. 4. “ ” Looking again at “Resolution and Independence” ... His words came feebly, from a feeble chest Yet each in solemn order followed each, With something of a lofty utterance drest; Choice word, and measured phrase; above the reach Of ordinary men; a stately speech! Such as grave Livers do in Scotland use, Religious men, who give to God and Man their dues. (stanza XIV)
  5. 5. Result: caught in this quadruple system of interpellation as subjects, of subjection to the Subject, of universal recognition and absolute guarantee, the subjects “work,” the “work by themselves” in the vast majority of cases, with the exception of the “bad subjects” who on occasion provoke the intervention of one of the detachments of the (repressive) State apparatus. But the vast majority of (good) subjects work all right “all by themselves,” i.e. by ideology (whose concrete forms are realized in the Ideological State Apparatuses). (Althusser 1271)
  6. 6. Cui bonum? But I was thinking of a plan To die one’s whiskers green, And always use so large a fan That they could not be seen. (lines 17-20) But I was thinking of a way To feed oneself on batter, And so go on from day to day Getting a little fatter. (lines 33-36)
  7. 7. I heard him then, for I had just Completed my design To keep the Menai Bridge from rust By boiling it in wine. I thanked him much for telling me The way he got his wealth, But chiefly for his wish that he Might drink my noble health. (lines 57-64)

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