Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Sets up an otherworldly place. Gestures toward otherness. Insists (with elaborate scenic description) that there’s a distinctive atmosphere for this one place
- Authority of tradition, stasis, and change
- Insiders and outsiders
- How does this text frame terms of engagement?
- Almost pronographic interest in landscape. And food. Because it represents wealth. Shroodness to Ichabod Crane
- Modernity shut out when Crane is ‘banished’ from town for his otherness
- Value of story lies in showing what will not change.
- Purpose = inhabit realm of imagination that isn’t driven by materialistic values of progress, wealth, mobility of status, real estate, acquisition, etc, but inhabit a place where all of those are suspended. You tarry
- Excuses fictionality while emphasizing its own value
- Romantic interest in otherness of culture
- Fiction becomes leisure good/commodity and advertises its own fiction. You know what you’re getting
- Story came through series of intermediaries. Post script to story…
The Fall of the House of Usher
- What conventions of character and narration does Poe’s story trade in?
- Both interested in the weight of tradition
- Aesthetic frame of setting
- Determinism of the past. Constitutional and family evil. Weight of the past
- Narrative specification, objectification of subjective response
- Inaugurates the Southern Gothic Novel
- Degeneracy of Human character
- Trapped by scene and atmosphere of the house. Story is about the house.