Class Notes, 13 June 2011

Responses Notes

Exchange 1

–looking over for key terms in the cited passages

–check to see that the “key terms” from the cited passage are used in the “E” section that explains the quoted passage

–Checking for

 a. Title

 b. Numbered pages

 c. “Works Cited” centered, not boldfaced or underlined

 d. MLA heading (name, instructor, course, date)

 e. staples . . . yes, really

–write TWO positive comments to the response

 

Exchange 2

–underline or circle all the verbs

–provide an alternate title

–write FOUR questions, not yes/no questions

Verb: express action, also tense, case, position

 To be

    am was

    is     are were

    be been being

____________________

Focalization

Narrative levels

Free-indirect discourse

Character and characterization

Responses

–entertaining to read about his crazy exploits

–changes of POV

–DQ gets lost in his books, lost into fictional worlds

–fictional and “real” worlds collide

–DQ normal about everything else, except for when it comes to knights

–dated, but still seems contemporary

–two character dynamic

–Sacho questions some of DQ’s motives

–Sancho: sidekick, goes along with DQ

_____________

pg. 25

Prologue: how to present and represent himself . . . how to fake erudition

overt: obviously a narrator . . . “I’m not sure”

covert: narrator doesn’t explain relation to story, hides behind other authors

reliable or unreliable: “But this doesn’t matter much, as far as our story’s concerned, provided that the narrator doesn’t stray one inch from the truth”; “fiction” alerting the reader that the ‘it’ is receiving the text from another source

unreliable: doesn’t give the name of the location or DQ’s real name, but some guess as to his identity

–within the world of the story, what’s given is reliable . . .

“possession”: owned, prisoner, drives his actions, or he’s not in control, or owned by the fictions, the stories that he reads; imagination: all his creative thoughts replaced by former texts;

pg. 26: takes some of the blame off of DQ, puts the blame on the books

pg. 26-27: why DQ went insane: not enough sleep and too much reading . . . “withered his brain, and he went mad.” “Everything he read in his books took possession of his imagination” (27).

“The idea that this whole fabric of famous fabrications was real so established itself in his mind that no history in the world was truer for him” (27).

–the original fabrications (fiction) is so deeply within him that be takes it for truth

–living in the dream world: he gets lost in the fiction that fiction becomes reality, or his mission is to extend fiction into reality

–fabric: tangible, something he can hold

–fabric: hold something together: textile, “text”

–“nothing truer to him”: whose truth? character truth, historical truth?

–living the imitation of fiction  . . .

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