Class Notes, 6 June 2011


experiment definitions

–try something and see what happens

–a theory to prove

–a test

–trying something new

–playing with language


–different variables

–process used to prove a hypothesis

Samperio, “She Lived in a Story”

Para 1: setting established: lecture at college

Introduced to G and a glimpse of his intellectual personality: he seems like he’s not a nice guy

G asked by student if his characters are based on real people; Israel Castellanos (poet)

Para 2: G was educated in France; he published three books; newspaper articles, etc,; G’s history; his family . . . also his middle-class life; Elena introduced

Para 3: in the car w/ G as he rehearses Lit and Architecture and the constructions of fictions and real fictions

Para 4: G thinks of a story he wants to write: he wanted to write a story about inhabiting words”: “a woman living in a story created by him”.

Para 5: pg. 56: “In one way or another actors live the text; they do not embody anyone at all. In the theater they live in literature for a brief moment. In motion pictures, some of their moments endure with a tendency toward the infinite. Dramatists have written plays in an attempt to approach the ancient dream of the fiction writer: that human beings live in their texts. Thus, artistic creation transcends the imaginary level in order to achieve reality. In regard to my own concept, the movement is reversed; that is, reality moves toward the imaginary.”

Para 6: “Ofelia” based on Frida Kahlo

Actors can make a text come alive; actors become who they are through the text; they lose a sense of themselves and become somebody else;

Actor: taking the text and bringing the text to life; actors are flesh and blood; actor brings the text to life; actor is aware of the text and also the development of the characters

Character: takes real life and puts it into the imaginary life of the text; comes from real life; can come out of necessity; could be a function of plot; born from the literature; character IS the text; in the end the character is created, no matter what they have no say;

–or you find who you are through the character, finding traits to identify

In drama, the humans are alive, they bring detail to the text;

“literary”: there’s a flow, others can visualize what you write; makes sense; ideas below the surface; catchy; mysterious, leads to different ideas;

Pg. 55: writers builds his house with words, his fantasy, architect makes the fantasy into materials

Point (introducing the passage and the point of your paragraph)

Information (the passage you quote)

Explanation (interpretation)

“A house and a story should be solid, functional, necessary, lasting” (55). In “She Lived in a Story,” the narrator claims that literature is like architecture in the sense that a story

has to be clear and make sense so a reader can understand it. According to the narrator, in order for a story to be functional, readers have to use it to get something out of it, be able to take something away from the story (functional)

–even if written long ago, has a timeless quality (lasting)

–everything in the story should have purpose, and with no extra baggage—efficient (necessary)

–teach a lesson, theme, moral, logically progress; no holes  physically solid (solid)

–be able to stand up to criticism over generations

–have a strong message that will cause change

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