• ThumbnailUnfortunately, there is a stereotype that most Hispanic people use. They often look down on any homosexual Hispanic male. In traditional Hispanic culture, the man is supposed to be the most dominant figure in the household. He is supposed to bring home the money and the women tends to take the subordinate role. Lots of Hispanics […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Spanglish, on the site English 363 6 years, 5 months ago

    In Yunque’s book, we discover lots of Spanish words in the middle of English sentences. This can be considered code-switching, which is when an author switches between languages with no clear marker. Yunque clearly mentions this code-switching when he writes,

    As a result his oral grammar became extremely bizarre. Phrases such as, Why for you axe me that? […]

  • Thumbnail In the beginning of Yunque’s book, when Omaha is describing Maruquita’s awsome-ness to Richard, he mentions her turning herself into a peacock. He says “She did a peacock that was out of this world, man” (Yunque 59). But he begins by saying the Richard that “She’s really nice, Richard. And she can do all kinds of […]

  • Thumbnail In Yunque’s book, he compares Winnifred to Charlize Theron and Maruquita to Jennifer Lopez. When he’s describing Winnifred he tells his mom “No, Mom, she’s really bright and beautiful, Blond hair, blue eyes. She looks a little like Charlize Theron” (Yunque 183). We get the comparison of Maruquita to Jennifer Lopez by Marquita herself and […]

  • Thumbnail This is a picture of a lettuce picker. We learned about lettuce pickers in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper but we also see lettuce pickers mentioned in Edgardo Vega Yunque’s Omaha Bigelow (for short). We first learn about lettuce pickers from Rita Hayworth’s character in Plascencia’s book. Before Rita becomes this movie star icon she loses her […]

  • I really liked the idea of having other classmates look at my blogs and comment on them. Since we all have the same task to complete for the final article, I think we can give each other some pointers and direction. For the classmate’s that commented on my blogs, I really appreciated your comments. They […]

  • Anthony, if you really want to focus on the time transition within this short story you may want to talk about the stream of conciousness that we see in Nabo’s character. You can also include Jahn’s term “anachrony” (deviation in story line). I liked how you incorporated the non textual story line, I think that’s […]

  • bibirahman commented on the blog post Smiley 6 years, 5 months ago

    I agree with Professor Alvarez, this is some good writing. I really enjoyed reading some of your blogs, they’re really insightful. I liked this one specifically because I also wrote something similar. I wrote about the transgression of narratorial levels, metalepses I believe Jahn called it. It was based on the part where Smiley meets […]

  • bibirahman commented on the blog post Blog #24 6 years, 5 months ago

    First thing, I really liked the revelance of this video and I think these shows are hilarious. I also noticed the repetition Sarduy uses throughout the book. I think the constant reoccurance of the shrinking of the feet puts into perspective Cobra’s insecurity. Almost like everyone, your insecurity always seems to be the constant thing […]

  • In a homodiegetic narrative, the story is told by a (homodiegetic) narrator who is also one of the story’s acting characters. In a heterodiegetic narrative, the story is told by a (heterodiegetic) narrator who is not present as a character in the story. (Jahn N1.10)

    In Salvador Plascencia’s “The People of Paper” we can assume, at least from the beginning of the text, […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Frequency, on the site English 363 6 years, 6 months ago

    In Salvador Plascencia’s “The People of Paper” we get this new style of writing (at least for me). He introduces a column style of narratives, each with a heading of the person narrating that portion. Some are shorter than others, some are completely blocked out because of the limitation the heterodiegitic narrator has, and others […]

  • In Sesshu Foster’s “Atomic Aztex”, a reader can be easily confused as to who is talking and illustrating the story line. Jahn describes an unreliable narrator as “a narrator “whose rendering of the story and/or commentary on it the reader has reasons to suspect” (Jahn N7.6). As readers, we can question what to believe is […]

  • The little girl in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez story “Nabo: The Black Man Who Made the Angels Wait” can be classified as a static character. Jahn describes a static character as “a one-dimensional figure characterized by a very restricted range of speech and action patterns” (Jahn N7.7). The little girl in this story is mentioned […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Mind Style, on the site English 363 6 years, 6 months ago

    they wanted to kill something, the lokals turned, stared and got out of our way if they had half a notion what wuz good for them as we sauntered the nice little streets in our turquoise feathered kapes (Foster 55)

    Jahn expains mind style to be “the textual evocation, especially by typical diction, rhetoric, and syntax, of a narrator’s or a character’s […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Time, on the site English 363 6 years, 6 months ago


    Luckily we Aztex believe in circular concepts of time, cyklikal konceptions of the universe where reality infinitely kurves back upon itslef endlessly so all that has existed does exist and will always exist and so forth into infinity. (Foster 3)

    In this quote above, we get the gist of the Aztec’s cultural and their view of time. Generally, we believe that time […]

  • Sensing my  disappointment, Saturn sat down and explained that there are many characters, plots, and devices, and in the jumble of things sometimes minor characters are forgotten, even by the author. He said it would be silly to try to hold him accountable for everything especially now that he had surrendered the story. But still I […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, PAUSE!, on the site English 363 6 years, 6 months ago

    Dear Lady Readers, I know that at this point you don’ t have the slightest doubt about the identity of the character presented so disproportionately here: of couse, its Mei Lan Fang.

    In this quote from Severo Sarduy’s “Cobra and Maitreya”, the author takes a pause in the story line, which can be a type of anachrony, and addresses […]

  • In a homodiegetic narrative–, the story is told by a (homodiegetic) narrator who is present as a character in the story. The prefix ‘homo-‘ points to the fact that the individual who acts as a narrator is also a character on the level of action. (Jahn N3.1.5)

    In Sesshu Foster’s “Atomik Aztex”, Foster writes a homodiegetic narration throughout most of his story.

    I am Zenzontli, […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Prolepsis, on the site English 363 6 years, 6 months ago

    Prolepsis: The presentation of a future event before its proper time. (Jahn N5.2.1)

    The idea of prolepsis simply means that a character within a story or film is having a flash foward. I think the most common type of anachrony used in any story line is a flash back but a flash foward can be very cleverly used […]

  • bibirahman wrote a new post, Limes, on the site English 363 6 years, 7 months ago

    He gave me some money and told me to laeve the pillowcases with him. He handed me a shopping list to which i aded in very faint writing: “limes.” (Plascencia 27)

    In Plascencia’s The People of Paper , the character of Little Merced is constantly talking about limes and how much she likes them. I think this is […]

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