wives and women

girls girls girls....er....women

One thing has bothered me about the novels in this class. All of them are written by men. This itself doesn't bother me, but I feel like it's clear from the writing that they are written by men. Two of the books dealt with WWII, which is typically a masculine topic. Otherwise, women had very small roles. The Mendleson article on the encyclopedic novel mentioned this trait, but I still found it tiresome for me personally. Not only do women have small roles, but if they appear in the novel, they will have sex with one of the main characters sooner or later (usually, at least). This insistence of women in relation to male sexuality is, in my opinion, problematic because these novels cannot seem to escape it.

innocence and the end of the world

Has anyone else noticed innocence in the novel? It's been reoccuring, but I only have three sections marked, and I was wondering if 1] anyone remembers any others, and 2]what do you think it means?

221, Matt says that he feels "small and lost," and like a child, he carries the "curse of innocence." He is free from any (feelings of?) guilt.

608, Louis and Chuckie's conversation about wives and women associates the need for an innocent woman who would be tolerant of a "history of screwups."

630, Lenny Bruce's strange joke (is that what it's supposed to be?) involves an innocent girl who is talented with her "labial muscles"...but in a non-sex kind of way.

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