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For my secondary article I read DELIGHT IN THE (DIS)ORDER OF THINGS: TRISTRAM SHANDY AND THE DYNAMICS OF GENRE, basically this article is about how the disorder of the narration of the book is due to the disorderly nature of Tristram Shandy himself, the article then leads into how his erratic nature upon closer inspection is fairly predictable once attuned to chaotic aspect of Shandy’s narration. According to the article, “Tristram leads a life that cannot be measured in the regular swing of the pendulum, for the telling of it is filled with digressions, retrograde motions, and "stoppages."His life is one with the vagaries of weather, sudden upheavals of earthquakes, and the perturbations of other natural phenomena seemingly beyond the ken of human understanding and prediction.”(1). The article continues on to describe how at first sight Tristram’s erratic storytelling can be attributed to the interruption of his father's "concentration" when attempting to procreate with his wife due to her asking about the clock at the big moment of truth. The article then goes on to say how this act of interruption had a “butterfly effect” on the rest of Tristram’s Life and caused his whole character to be out of whack. This article then lists how all of the events in the book that can emphasize this point. Examples of this are:
“Intuitively, Tristram senses an underlying order and richness to be discovered if he does not discount the irregularities and seeming disorder that proceed from a reading out of his life. In Volume 1, he realizes that he cannot drive straight through his narrative like a "muleteer": "For, if he [the historiographer] is a man of the least spirit he will have fifty deviations from a straight line to make with this or that party as he goes along, which he can no ways avoid" (1:14, 64). Tristram's intellectual honesty prevents him from discounting this divergence between his actual life and the charting of that life. Rather than participate in the fiction of offering a compressed representation of his life, Tristram calculates even the minutiae of his life into an accounting of that life.”(2)
How I looked at this article in conjunction with how I looked at the book was like this: If you look at anything too in depth then you are bound to find meaning to every small minute detail because that is the nature of the mind. I feel that Sterne is saying that analyzing every detail in this way takes up a lot of time and space and is nearly impossible to do simply because while analyzing “the past” in Shandy’s case or every word of this story in the case of the reader; “the present” and the real world interfere.
My question is how much do you think this is based off of Sterne’s life? And if you don’t think any of it is why do you think that?
I personally believe that there is no way one person could sit down and imagine all of these stories and quotes and fun facts and so forth, and so I believe that most of this book is loosely based off of Sterne’s life and that he did to kind of mock eighteenth century novels by saying that if they really want to analyze everything in a book then they can analyze his life if they want to, all the way from his dads…well you know.
Freeman, John. "DELIGHT IN THE (DIS)ORDER OF THINGS: TRISTRAM SHANDY AND THE DYNAMICS OF GENRE." Studies in the Novel 34.2 (2002): 141. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 12 Oct. 2011.