Jewett and Closure

One of the texts that I especially enjoyed this semester was Sarah Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.  Now, I’ll admit that I found the story itself a little dull; as Professor Steele pointed out it is not a novel.  But its meaning really captured my interest.  I thoroughly enjoyed his two lectures on…

Simple Aesthetics in Jewett

Sometimes when the world starts to spin out of control, axis-shifting polarity, and the birds flock north; truth melds into a fictional sphere, a gelatinous mess of absurdities and stream of conscious informational overload, the only thing that seems to remain constant is beauty. It seems simple: consciously viewing the qualities of a person, place, or thing that exalts the…

Jewett’s Connection to Modern College Life

I would like to direct my post to the topic of what Professor Steele referred to as ‘the natural rhythm of life’ in The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, and look closer at the narrator’s natural rhythm while at Dunnet Landing. Professor Steele repeatedly described this theme in the novel, and…