English 363: Experimental Hispanic Literatures

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Class Notes, 12 Dec. 2011

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Guidelines for “final essay” or YOUR article are below. Here are some ideas generated by students in class today:

Romina: People of Paper: omniscient narration “gossip”

Foucault, D.A. Miller


panopticon: layout of prison, their own “overseer”



spatial organization of the page: who is looking at whom? Gossip as self-regulation: it’s not the story of the characters, but about Plascencia himself: when he gossips about characters, he talks about himself.


Different points of focalization


Atomik Aztex: from one Zenzo to another, apply to film, jump cuts


“colonial gaze”



Casey: Marxism and theAmericas,Omaha . . . Atomik Aztex or People of Paper

“Two worlds”


social classes, and how we can “see” social class. Projects housing, cycles and also gentrification.

“stuck there”; lack of social mobility

capitalism: capitalism expands Europe into the Americas, first elements of what we know today as “globalization”




Robert: animals, introductions or the importance of non-homodiegetic discourse  in experimental literature

            Atomik Aztex: warning before novel begins

            People of Paper: dedication

“nobles” the power within society,


nobility and divine right to dominate . . . “war cause”



Jennifer: poli-science: The People of Paper and Atomik Aztex

Political and social factors influence how individuals act and behave

Relation between the individual and social structure


Social A: government

Social constructions: social class




Justin: magical realist texts:Omahaand Garcia Marquez

J’s def: the incorporation of the surreal and fantasy into “normal” or realistic storytelling or narration: “Man with Enormous Wings” angels, transformation of character shapes


Vega’s references to Garcia Marquez




Sabrina: Garcia Marquez: magical realism . . .

OR time: how to connect time to magical realism


Realism: how does time function? (check early Garcia Marquez) Don Quixote


Magical realism: how does time function?



“sequence” “fabula”



Aparna: magical realism as postcolonial discourse: shifts in time and focalization to create “magic”, and also lit at the margins, in opposition to the mainstream

People of Paper

Garcia Marquez


Postcolonial: lit that takes apart the colonial lit: former colonies, and colonization radically changes . . . the worldview of the colonized people


Economic land for resources; colony of the colonized, to erase their native history, language, and memory


Participates in colonial worldview, but “deconstructs” or “critiques” the ‘master’s narrative”



Rita: magical realism: time discourse movements; connecting magical realism

Garcia Marquez . . . The People of Paper

“melting time”: clock: tells time, measures time; establishes “linear time” from A to B

“western models of time”

“not normal”

Rehana: Focalization:Omahaand Don Quixote, “She Lived in a Story” or magical realism.

Focalization: authors stepping into the novel: digression

When author steps in he/she becomes character, their side of the story: the story of telling the story and the story being told

Narrative levels in Jahn: the distinctions between direct and indirect communication between readers and characters, and authors


“intrude” : author intrudes on characters’ levels


I will argue that . . . focalization




Caitlin: genres, and multiple genres . . .


Bibi: the use of language in Latin American lit,Omahaand The People of Paper: “code-switching” Spanglish, language hybridity



Anthony: time in Garcia Marquez, Don Quixote or Atomik Aztex, or Samperio: how authors elapse time without describing every moment, Realism . . .

Important not to describe every little detail

In Don Quixote you don’t need to know what Sancho’s doing when Don Quixote goes down the cave?


Leaving some holes for the reader,


Don’t tell the reader everything, but make them work hard/ make them work less . . .

Andrea: Omaha and People of Paper; digressions; present the novel as “adolescent” to catch attention, but then shifts to politics and race and Puerto Rican history, colonialism


Wilfred: focalization and the relation to colonialism, and the formation of The Canon.

Omaha Bigelow and “Nabo”


John: analyze Hispanic Lit question of stereotypes: the stereotype of all Hispanic Lit must be magical realism

How romance and narration and sequence: hero’s journey

Joseph Campbell


Magical realism and Garcia Marquez or She Lived in a Story: the protagonist: the character in the story



Daniel: magical realism; The People of Paper and “Nabo”: how focalization is used to deconstruct magical realism, or to deconstruct . . .

Truth is relative when it comes to focalization: different perspectives have different outlooks:

Surrealism: truth, where is it

Realism: where’s the truth? Section of realism . . . . “more truth”


For an example of an “article” I wrote for a grad class, see the page above “example essay”.

Happy Holidays!

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