Intro to Fiction

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“Where are you going where have you been” Oates
Psychology
Hawthorne’s romanticism
Poe’s Gothicism
Music
Inspired by a Bob Dylan song- “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” Connie- is she dynamic character? Why or why not?
Connie at Home- mom always comparing her to her older sister, say mom and sister are just jealous of her, resentful of the family but in the end she sacrifices herself for them Connie when out with friends

Why does she go with Arnold Friend?
Real- real people and real situation
Fantastic- Arnold Friend –devil, at the end dream-like
How does he convince Connie to go with him? Threatens her family Symbolic of the Devil Why?
“An old fiend”
Hooves
Cannot go in Connie’s house
Power of persuasion, knowledge of Connie, music
Woman Hollering Creek, Cinerous
Characterize Cleofilas- naïve and ignorant, doesn’t know about the culture in the U.S. doesn’t realize the opportunities in the U.S. like the woman driving the truck What is significance of the title? Urban legend that surrounds the creek, the La Chusa-lady who lost her child. Themes?

Important elements to consider?
-“A regular soap opera”
Interesting points of comparison/contrast to other stories?
“Diary of an Interesting Year” Helen Simpson
Setting
Year 2040, from England, result was from global warming, weather is all messed up Post apocalyptic (the world is still here but different from the world as we know it), Dystopian- opposite of utopia Narrator, 30 years old, desperate woman trying to survive

Political, economic, and social commentary
* Anti-capitalist
* Dangers of global warming
* Status/role of women- in order to have protection have to put up with a lot, woman completely went down to the lowest level, the foreigner after he kills G. abuses the narrator and its so bad she can barely talk about, * She tried so hard to stop the pregnancy because she doesn’t want to bring that child into the world and because of how it happened * She gets the foreigner to beat the baby out of her by stealing vodka * Everyone is distrusting of each other

* Kill or be killed, complete breakdown of structure
“Say Your One of Them” Uwem Akpan
“An ex-mas feast”
Setting- Nairobi, Kenya
Characters- Maisha (age 12), Baba, Mama, twins (age 2), and baby (3 months), Naema (age 10), Jigana (age 8) Family relationships- “lucky”
Education- sacrifices so the narrator can go to school; “Mama took it carefully in her hands, like one receiving a diploma”(21) “My parents bedroom”
Setting, Rwanda, April 6, 1994
The narrative
Mother sacrifices herself by going out and prostituting a night so it will help the family, in the end her life is taken so children can live The conflict- cultural, religious, father Tutsi and mother Hutoo Foreshadowing- (pg. 327) title

Why through child’s eyes
Pagan spiritual leader/ Christianity (Catholicism)
The novella
-A work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between short story and novel -A form of fiction more common to European culture as opposed to the US -Although shorter in length than a novel, the novella still incorporates known fictional elements -Many of the classic novellas are concerned with people learning important lessons or making significant journeys “Fattening for Gabon”

Continued “themes’ regarding education, hope (God), family relationships, socioeconomics situation Post colonialism (all stories)
* Recognized as literary movements in 1970s
* Originally defined as literature written by people living in countries formerly colonized by other nations, but the term is used un poly sci, history, economics * When applied to literature, the term illuminates interactions between European nations and the people they colonized as well as effects of colonization, which is often a struggle Education (promise of)- uncle tells the children that they will be able to go to school in Gabon; they will never go to school. Uncle tries to “train”...
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