October 27, 2004

Tristram Shandy

The lectures, and perhaps even seminars this year seem to be taking a very different stance – the texts we're reading each week are hardly mentioned .. hmmm…

Anyway, *Tristram Shandy *- at first I hated it, the narrator is, truth be known, an egotistical (sp?) bastard who takes each and every opportunity to demote women and generally insult the common reader's intelligence. Yet, once you get past the first thirty pages, you might even start to like him, and laugh at what he's saying… (assuming he's male of course) though im not entirely sure that you are laughing with or at the voice… The plot is relatively plain, and indeed by the end of volume two he hasn't even been born yet .. but still Sterne manages to pull it off – and according to the lecture, this is because of the way that language can create its own world. And that language can express things beyond our own experiences, so that these experiences can form a new world, which exists totally in language. So yeah, this book was alright .. i think its supposed to be a love-hate one, but im sitting in the middle.


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