7 October 2013
Américo Paredes (b 1915-1999)- Mexican American Folklorist, poet, teacher, and writer. Reading: Hammon and the Beans (1994). Getting an Oboe for Joe (1994). Literary Tradition: Fiction, Folklore, and History. Collection (Poetry and Folklore): With His Pistol in His Hand (1958). Collection (Novel): George Washington Gómez (1990). Recognition: Guggenheim Fellowship 1962, Charles Frankel Prize 1989. (Pearson 402-403, Class Discussion)
Satire- a literacy text that uses comedy towards the end of derision (Pearson 546). The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, ect (Class Discussion 9/3). In Flannery O’Connor’s Good Country People, she uses irony to reveal faults in others when they fail to see the very faults they possess on their own. She used controversial subjects in the story such as blasphemy, hypocrisy, anger, and atheism. At the end of the story she throws the readers off guard when Joy/Hulga is left in the barn without her prosthetic leg. (Pearson 377, Good Country People).
Theme- In poetry, fiction, or drama, the theme is the dominating idea in a work (Pearson 547). In Ha Jin’s An Entrepreneur’s Story, the theme seemed to be disappointment. All throughout the story the main character thought by having money, the perfect girl, and everything that came along with it would make him happy. The outcome of the situation with Manshan, his wealth, and the mother-in-law shows him that getting what he wanted didn’t make his life turn out to be any happier than he pictured (Pearson 265).
Roger Shimomura (b 1939)- Painter, prints, and mixed media sculptures. Paints: August 17 1942 (1997) Prints: American VS Japanese #2 (2010). Recognition: Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grand Program Award (2003). (Class Discussion Guest Speaker: 9/12)
Setting- the time and place in which a narrative takes place (Pearson 546). In Américo Paredes, Getting an