Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24*

Remember the old days, when not being in class meant not having to think about class?  Those days are long gone.  Even though we won't see each other today (apart from standardized testing), we have a golden opportunity to share ideas about Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five.  Please click through the following, compare with your understanding of Chapter One, and don't forget to publish your active reading notes to your course blog (Title: SCHLACHTOF EINS).

As we discussed in class yesterday, postmodernism is characterized by merry rule breakers who:
  • Mess with the reader's sense of time and narrative structure
  • Mess with the "fourth wall" by directly engaging the reader/viewer
  • Mess with the boundaries of non/fiction and occasionally insert themselves as characters
  • Mess with denotation, connotation, conflation and puns
  • Mess with previous genres and social issues through humor
Following are some resources that may help you with Chapter One (pp.1-22).  Please take a moment to see what's of value and feel free to comment.


  1. Post-modernism reminds me of a movie called the prestige,about rival stage magicians.the story is told in a very nonlinear really have to pay attention to follow the plot.

  2. The reporter who wrote the Dresden firebombing article didn't seem to like the British very much... Makes one wonder if there is a neutral position anywhere.