English 363: Experimental Hispanic Literatures

Queens College, City University of New York

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Class Notes, 14 Nov. 2011

November 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Atomik Aztex

Sesshu Foster’s blog: http://atomikaztex.wordpress.com/

One form of human sacrifice (Mel Gibson’s take or Orientalizing the indigenous “other”)


Another form (Spanish account of the destruction of the Indies, historical “othering” in practice):


Notice the baby bashed against a rock. From http://www.amazon.com/Short-Account-Destruction-Indies/dp/1451515170/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321282497&sr=1-1


Class questions


Q. How did “the Japanese bloodline” (pg. 88) tie into the larger story?

–Foster’s cultural background . . .

Q. Why does Zenzo talk about his kids? How do they come to play in the story?

Q. If Zenzo is against American culture, then why does he participate?

–Sometimes he feels like he doesn’t like his own people

Q. What drugs are Zenzo doing?

Q. When were both of the narratives set?

Q. Why are the names the same in the two different lines of narration?

Q. Who’s the real Zenzo? The soldier or the guy in the meat factory?

Q. What’s the purpose of depicting the two realities? Which is more real?

Q. What is the significance of how cultural diffusion is portrayed in the narratives?

Q. What’s the deal with Zenzo’s wife in both narratives?

Q. What’s with the prostitutes?

Q. What’s the meaning of the name 3Turkey

Q. What’s up with the spelling? (as in “x” in Aztex)

Q. What’s the Aztex theory of time?Q. What purpose does the italics serve in the narrative?

Q. Why does he describe the killing of the hogs so in depth?

Q. How can we tell when one storyline shifts to another?



Potential Jahn approaches (deals mostly with form)

–use focalization: because the Aztek Zenzo has visions of Zenzo in the factory: does POV of change? Objectivity? Or completely subjective? Could be multiple focalization: character in different situations; at one point the POV changes, when Amoxhuah speaks for example . . . vision

–syntax shifts, Aztec-mode of narration

–static characters: some characters have no background, they have no detail, they could have meaning, or they could stand some “development”/ dynamic characters

–surrealism and naturalism: surreal (sci-fi); naturalism: . . . .

–analepsis: italics and switches

–reliable narrator

–narrative time: distortion;


Potential heuristic approaches (narratology + )

–Marxism: labor, exploitation, relations of economic, cultural, historical domination;

–Psychoanalysis: divided personality; schizo



–Queer theory



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