English 363


I’d Give Him the Bird Alright
December 11, 2011, 4:09 am
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In this clip Castello is aware that he is a character in a cartoon. He states “if that office would let me I’d give him the bird alright”. Castello speaks to the audience and breaks barriers between characters and readers just as in Don Quixote and People of Paper these characters are aware that they are characters being narrated into existance. Interestingly enough Castello tells Babbit that he cannot make him go up the ladder because he is afraid of heights, but Castello is unreliable because he is unaware that Babbit can make him go up the ladder. In the end this is a classic representation of good vs. evil in that Tweety successfully defeats the cats and lives to fight another day.



Find the difference
December 11, 2011, 3:46 am
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To me different genres or time periods of fictions are widely and illegitmately characterized. Readers are told to expect completely different things from certain genres when while looking at them from a certain lense novels or pieces of literature from different genres can be precieved as exactly the same. The two pictures above have small differences on the surface and make them different, just as novels of different genres have small surface differences that make them different. I believe that most narratives are a commentary on society as a whole or feelings the author has and are just as similar as these pictures are reguardless of time period or genre.



How I Met Your Mother
December 11, 2011, 3:40 am
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http://youtu.be/HEVVkw7Oj98

This is only a small clip of Season three episode eight of How I Met Your Mother. Each character has their own issue that other characters are not aware of until another character tells them about the issue. When each character is taken back to remeber events focalized through another character’s eyes the events are remembered differently. For example, Lily’s loud chewing was not realized at first, but when Ted brings it up other characters cannot help but see the events from his point of view and finally realize that Lily chews loudly.

 



Sleep Talking/ Unreliable Narration
December 11, 2011, 3:35 am
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A husband videotapes his wife telling him a story in her sleep about goats. The wife is an unreliable narrator because she is sleeping, much like Nabo because he is in a sleep-state when he recounts some events about the man in the band. Both Nabo and this woman are unreliable narrators and their details cannot be trusted. This woman’s story is certainly a fictional story, and details of Nabo’s story can only be speculated upon because no other characters in the story were there to confirm or deny it.



Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931
December 11, 2011, 3:09 am
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This is a clip from the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This clip is largely focalized through Dr. Jekylls eyes as we see what Jekyll sees such as his hands when he is playing the piano. The movie also is sometimes shown with a circular lense which would be a depiction of how Jekyll would see and serves to remind the watcher that they are seeing only what Jekyll sees. The entire film is focalized through Jekyll (or Hyde respectively) and the watcher never knows anything that Jekyll or Hyde does not know.



Feedback/Commenting
December 11, 2011, 3:03 am
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I feel that commenting the blogs of my groupmates was very intersting. I enjoyed looking at what everyone else was writing. People had a lot of interesting stuff on their blogs. After thinking a little bit about it and about what certain people have on their blogs I was thinking if some people would consider our class a real class at all. It has most of the characteristics of a class, but I feel like the blog format changes a lot about what people think about what a class can be. Maybe it is a parody of a class and our class is making fun of classes. Blogging is certainly an experimental type of learning so I think it is very interesting that we are reading experimental literature. We are double-guineapigs. Getting feedback from my classmates was interesting because I feel like they’re very intelligent and make connections to things I wrote about that I didn’t even think about when I wrote them. It is beneficial for individuals to share their perspective and allow others to see their point of view as they share their own. Although for most of the class the blog was merely a conversation between the student whom the blog belonged to and the professor ( like a regualr class), I feel like now it is being used for its intended purpose, to be a conversation between many people. Much like the authors we read in class a blog breaks boundaries and changes the way people think, for the authors about what Literature is, and for the class what Learning or being a Class is.



Blog #30
November 16, 2011, 1:30 am
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A fictional narrative presents an imaginary narrator’s account of a story that happened in an imaginary world. A fictional narrative is appreciated for its entertainment and educational value, possibly also for providing a vision of characters who might exist or might have existed, and a vision of things that might happen or could have happened (Jahn N2.2.2). it is interesting to think of Jahn’s description of fictional narrative while looking at Foster’s Atomik Aztex. Atomik Aztex is a fictional narrative that is self-aveage of itself and its fictitious nature. The author warns readers that the novel is fiction even before the main storyline begins, and then Zenzonli the main character reminds the reader again by stating Foster’s concept of an omniverse and calls the readers’ realities stupider realities where the Aztex were exterminated. Foster’s story very much takes place in an imaginary world for entertainment. It also provides a vision of characters who might exist or have existed, in the case of the Aztec’s if their civilization would have went a little different and they did not believe in prophecies of Gods on horseback ( or if the Spaniards say rode on another animal instead of a horse). Foster’s Zenzontli is also a character who might exist because the characteristics of the meat packing plant are similar to those in real meat packing plants and slaughter houses. The act of slaughter that Zenzontli recounts probably isn’t that dissimilar to what actually goes on in slaughter house. Animals are very much objectified  in reality much as they are in Zenzontlis account. The workers of the plants are also objectified and are objects of deflection of ownership by the owners of the plants. The workers are usually immigrants ( possibly of Mexican or Aztec decent), and typically illegal. When workers are found to be illegal the workers, not the owners of the plant knowingly employing them are arrested. This is shown in a movie from 2008 called Food Inc. The following trailer shows how chickens (like the pigs in Zenzontli’s accounts), are treated like objects . In Zenzontli’s alternate reality the workers of the factory and the Aztex are agents of their own destiny, they are attempting to form unions or fighting back against their oppressors.

 

( Although it is in the documentary I could not find the scene where the undocumented employees were arrested)

 



Blog #29
November 15, 2011, 11:22 pm
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   fixed focalization The presentation of narrative facts and events from the constant point of view of a single focalizer…variable focalization The presentation of different episodes of the story as seen through the eyes of several focalizers. ( Jahn 3.2.4). The concept of fixed versus variable focalization is very simple, fixed is where there is one person telling a story, where variable is where there are several. Although Zenzontli is telling both narratives in the story it is difficult to choose if Atomik Aztex is told with fixed or variable focalization. Zenzontli is two very different versions of himself in the two narratives. Although Zenzontli is not a different person he acts in very different ways, and in very similar ways. In the meat packing plant narrative Zenzontli seems to be leader of the union, similarly in the warrior narrative he is the leader of the troops, however his focalization is not really fixed. The two realities blend and the reader is left to wonder which Zenzontli they are hearing from. Considering the first page, where Zenzontli mentions visions, the novel may be written using fixed focalization. The episodes of Stalingrad and Zenzontli as a general may just be Zenzontli’s imagination or interpretation of what he wants to happen to the owners of the meat packing plant. It is very unclear if Atomik Aztex is one, the other, or a mixture of both.



Blog #28
November 15, 2011, 11:22 pm
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            In the note preceding Foster’s story the reader is warned that many different types of language will be used.  ‘ pocho,calo,sland and varieties of speech from the Vietnam era’, Foster is using aspects of both heteroglossia and alterity. heteroglossia (literally, ‘other-language’) The use of language elements inherited or learned from others…heteroglossia normally suffuses all discourses. alterity The theme or effect of otherness or strangeness ( Jahn N3.1.10). Foster uses different real languages and a variation of a language that he created or adapted for his novel exchanging the letter C for the letter K or X such in Atomik and Aztex. He uses ‘slang’ when he writes thot and cos. This variation does make the novel seem like it is written by an other or strange. Foster deliberately creates this otherness or strangeness in his novel not only because he wants the reader to recognize that it is not reality, but also because he wants the language to be problematic. This problematic language makes the reader have to work harder while reading the novel and ensures that only a selective audience will read his audience. Foster should assume that by writing this way he segregates his audience to only those who have an open mind, one open enough to be able to accept gruesome pig-gutting scenes and the ripping out of hearts which mirrors the gruesome-ness of the pig slaughters.  With this use of language, Foster seemingly associates the treatment of the Aztex or Aztec people to the treatment of pigs or other animals that are consumed and alienated by others. Although Foster seems to equate Aztex with the gentile or innocence of animals, at the same time he shows their blood thirst and that these Aztex will not be exterminated like the Aztecs were. The note preceding the text makes the reader aware of what they’re getting into. This note is supposedly written by Charlotte Delbo, which makes me wonder why Delbo would write this, or if she even really wrote it at all, and if it is not a way for Foster to defer authorship.



Blog #27
November 15, 2011, 11:21 pm
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Exposition: the hyponarrative provides information about events that lie outside the primary action line of the matrix narrative (specifically, events that occurred in the past)(Jahn N2.4.6). For this straight-forward quotation from Jahn I would like to offer two possible points in which exposition would work in Atomik Aztex. Both the narratives provide information about events that lie outside the primary action line of the narrative, and comment and provide information about factual or semi-factual information from the past. The hyponarrative of the meat packing plant provides information the maltreatment of the Mexican or Aztec societies, that they were and still are being used to do horrible disgusting jobs for low wages to support their families, this also works as a social commentary of what is going on in real meat packing plants historically and in the past. In Atomik Aztex it is difficult to tell which narrative is the hyponarrative and which narrative is the matrix narrative considering Zenzontli is in both of them. In the alternate reality where Zenzontli is a warrior information about events that lie outside the primary action line are also present because he talks about the stupider reality where the Aztecs were slaughtered and exterminated. This alternate reality is also a commentary on the treatment of the Aztec peoples because for the Aztecs to be rebelling their colonization or ripping out the hearts of Russians there would have had to be some reason for the Aztecs to go after them in the first place. In his expositions in his alternate realities Foster is both commenting on society and providing information that happened before his story.




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