In class on Thursday, I mentioned the course reading guide to Tristram Shandy, which can be found here, and over there in the sidebar, under "Required Readings."
There has been a movie version of Tristram Shandy. It's pretty good, as these things go, but it is no substitute for reading the book itself.
We did not get through the entire passage from Tristram Shandy that I brought in for discussion, so feel free to follow-up here by trying to make sense of what it happening in that episode. It's the very last chapter of the book, the final chapter of Volume 9. It begins with Tristram's father, Sir Walter Shandy, railing against the emotion of lust--arguing that it is NOT, in fact, a good thing--but his discourse gets interrupted.
What interrupts him?
What does the ensuing discussion involve, reveal, concern?
What sense do you make of this entire episode?
Offer your thoughts (or feel free to take issue with a classmate's thoughts).
Deadline: Tuesday (10/11), start of class. Posts count towards Week 7 or Week 8, depending on which side of Saturday midnight they appear.