December 12, 2011 | | 1 Comment

Lets look at this picture and involve the focalization that Manfred Jahn was speaking about. This could be the focal point or point of view that a person is looking at a garden. Are we looking at the whole picture all together? Perhaps it could be the other side? What about the flowers? However one looks at the picture this person or thing had their own focalization. The narration of this picture could be formed in many ways.

Take a Look at Magical Realism

December 12, 2011 | | Comments Off on Take a Look at Magical Realism

I decided to continue my search on magical realism and again I was brought to this youtube video. Clearly this topic can be seen and found everywhere. It is so interesting to see how these pictures seen through the video can make the realistic world different. Seeing the world through a different focal point can be so fascinating. I wonder how the world would be if life was this way.


December 12, 2011 | | Comments Off on Flashbacks

Funny to find this picture when I searched google for flashbacks. Hallucinations are a very interesting aspect of a piece of literature. Having  hallucinations can most certainly involve a flashback as did Nabo. So much of Jahn was also involving flashbacks or analepsis. Much detail of a story is given through a characters flashbacks.

Time & Realism

December 12, 2011 | | 1 Comment


I couldnt believe that I could find something like this. This picture can work for both time and for realism.  Here we see how time can melt away and be waisted.  Time was a very interesting aspect in Manfred Jahn’s article and here we see how time can be used.

Makes Your Mind Wonder

December 11, 2011 | | Comments Off on Makes Your Mind Wonder

I personally find magical realism to be very intersting. Looking at pictures as well as youtube videos makes my mind wonder. It seems like you cant look away and that you want to try and figure out exactly what is going on. Here is another example of such a time. It seems as though this boy is making a puzzle and that the young girl is coming out of the puzzle but also that there is an entire family in the picture moving also.  Magical realism is in much of The People of Paper.

Too Much Detail

November 12, 2011 | | 4 Comments

There is a part in Atomik Aztex  where Sesshu Foster writes about the slaughtering of pigs. It states, “I could say with a straight face, “I’ve been dreaming that I kill pigs. And I am not talking  one or two pigs.  Ive been dreaming of cutting the throats of tens of thousands of pigs” (21).

After I read this part of the novel I had to put it down for a few minutes than come back to it. Yes I am aware of where meat and chicken come from but I never like to think about it. He is trying to adapt the Aztex way in this novel but how gross! No ones wants to have that picture in their minds. Perhaps I have found a work of literature with a bit too much detail.

Atomik Aztex

November 12, 2011 | | 2 Comments

As I began reading this novel I was a bit taken back by the forms of english that are included and used. It was funny to see how an author could write this way and it be completely acceptable.  Then again whats acceptable anyways? Words such as ‘stupider’, ‘fuck’, and of course the common use of the letter ‘k’ in place of the letter ‘c’. I actually am enjoying the book although some detail is a bit too much detail and the over done  runon of sentences is a bit much as well.  I am also enjoying the inclusion of the Aztecs.

Theories of Literature

November 12, 2011 | | Comments Off on Theories of Literature

As stated in Cobra and Maitreya, “Writing is the art of ellipses…digression…reality…history”.

In many different pages of this work of literature these sentences are included. Theories are brought into a work of literature telling us the readers what should be included in a novel and what should be presented. It should already be so instead of being explained. I found much of this book is be rather strange. The work should present us with ellipes, digression, reality, and history but not state that. Who’s to say that that is even true? Who decides what should be presented in a novel?

Cobra & Maitreya

November 12, 2011 | | Comments Off on Cobra & Maitreya

A great amount of ‘defamilarization’ is seen in Cobra and Maitreya. On page five we see a word such as “Brechitan” being used. We may not understand this at first but after continuing on we grasp the idea. That is the art of defamilaritizing. Ordinary language is transformed into poetic language in which every day language is made unique, and made into something we have never seen.

This can also be true in pictures and works of art.

Notice how a grocery store is tranformed into something unique. It is certainly strange at first glance but beautiful when analyzed.

Multiple Focalization

November 12, 2011 | | Comments Off on Multiple Focalization

Manfred Jahn states, “multiple focalization is a technique of presenting an episode repeatedly, each time seen through the eyes of a different (internal) focalizer. Typically, what is demonstrated by this technique is that different people tend to perceive or interpret the same event in radically different fashion” (N3.2.4).

We touched a bit on this in class and I thought it would be interesting to elaborate more into it. A certain situation can take place in a work of literature and be seen through many ‘focalizers’. Perhaps this could get a little boring after a while but seeing how each character processes a situation could be very interesting in understanding there characteristics.


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