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SPAN 290 - Group Presentation
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German fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm and was published in 1812
the witch fatens up the children to eat them.
Cristina Peri Rossi
Spanish 290 - Group #9 Presentation
The Warmth of Things
At the age of ten, she moves with her parents and maternal grandparents to Borela, a Gacilian village.
Graduates in Journalism from PUC in Rio de janeiro.
Publishes her first novel "Guide-Map of Archangel"
Becomes assistant editor of magazine Notebook Brazilian.
Publishes novel "Founder".
Becomes elected vice president of the Union of Writers of Rio de janeiro.
Publishes "The Republic of Dreams". Three years later it was named the best fiction book of the year by the association of art critics.
Elected to the Brazilian academy of letters. Also receives the title of person of the year.
Elected to the Academy of Sciences and launches the novel "Voices of the Desert on March 4.
1937 - Present
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cristina Peri Rossi is a Uruguayan novelist, poet, translator, and author of short stories. She was considered a leading light of the post-1960's period of prominence of the Latin-American novel , she has written more than 37 works. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but was exiled in 1972, and moved to Spain, where she became a citizen in 1975. In 1963 she published her first book.
Most of her stories were based on female roles, but gender did not limit her work. she is one of the women who made a mark in the storytelling community today. in 2005 she moved to Barcelona, were she continued to write, and even became a journalist. She went to study at University of the Republic.
She has won many literary prizes early in her writing career for poetry and short stories. She is well known for her defense of civic liberties and freedom expression today. She also contributes columns to several newspaper in Spain today.
1941 - Present
Nélida Piñon with her parents
in the water (Amniotic dream)
Punishment cell (dream)
The narrator or author
A woman with no dreams
Beginning of Story
the author introduces a woman who has trouble dreaming which makes her extremely irritated. The woman believes that she is being held back by a type of Threshold, forbidding her from dreaming. Another person (unknown female or male, a narrator) describes this thought as another type of dream; a nightmare. With every initiative the narrator makes, the woman becomes increasingly defensive about her mental state. She would make comments such as “There’s no such thing as a door without a key”, the other person would reply “There are in dreams”. The woman believes that a woman who does not dream is an enemy of a waking woman; in the context that she robs the waking woman of all her imagination. Other defensive statements by the woman is “A dream is a piece of writing….a work that I don’t know how to write and that makes me different from others”.
Middle of Story
this is a turning point in the story, this portion is where the narrator decides to counsel the woman. The narrator would suggest that the woman is too tired to dream, hence the lack of dreams. The narrator believes that people have two sets of eyes, the first set are the eyes we use to see when we are awake. The second set is the eyes we use to see in our dreams and our dreams themselves. By this time the woman wants to know the dreams of the narrator; the narrator counters this action by telling her stories. The narrator believes that if they told her their dreams, the woman would use them as her own to dream dreams that aren’t hers and have the inability to do so and become frustrated. So the narrator begins by telling her a story of an amniotic dream—this is where the narrator is under water and is able to survive as though they were on land, there is a line/barrier that separates them from the other side. However, the narrator has no desire to cross over into this portion of the dream/story. By now the woman falls asleep and the narrator massages her forehead—to no avail the woman is sleeping but not dreaming. One of the more important parts of this story is the part that narrator describes dreams as dreams within dreams—almost like tiers.
Ending of the Story
once all other attempts have been made to remedy the situation the narrator resorts to a proposition. The narrator proposes “before falling asleep we have the experience of inventing a complementary story, the two of us together. Surely then some remains, castoffs, residue of this story…..would pass to the inner part of our eyes”. The narrator and the woman begin a story line of a man and a woman lying on a bed in an empty room with silk curtains. The man begins to walk toward the Threshold, the woman is right behind him but begins to fall behind and continuously calls for help. Right before the man enters the Threshold he is stabbed in the back by the woman. The narrator could feel the pain and the anxiety—believes that the knife is within the first tier of this sequence—hence the whole story may have been a dream.
The portion of the story when the proposition is made.
The narrator proposes “before falling asleep we have the experience of inventing a complementary story, the two of us together. Surely then some remains, castoffs, residue of this story…..would pass to the inner part of our eyes”.
The women stabbed the narrator because she didn't want to be alone while the narrator crossed the threshold into his/her dreams.
What other works of fiction (stories, movies, shows) can you relate this story to?
What other works of fiction (stories, movies, shows) can you relate this story to?
- Reflects the poor.
- Depicts the Brazilian community and culture.
By: Nélida Piñon
Similarities to other Literature
by: Cristina Peri Rossi
“Biografia De Cristina Peri Rossi." N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May
“Biografia De Nélida Piñon.” N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014.
Echevarría, Roberto González, ed. The Oxford book of
Latin American short stories. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Hinchberger, Bill. “Nélida Piñon: Storyteller of Modern
Myth.” Brazilmax. N.p.13 Oct. 2001. Web. 14 May 2014.
A story about a man who was tormented about his body and took extreme measures in retaliation to the ridicule he faced.
The Nutty Professor
A women, no matter how hard she tries cannot dream .
This film starring Leonardo DiCaprio was released in 2010.
This story is about entering people's minds through dreams.
It also depicts the theme of dreams within dreams; as though there are layers to dreaming
Oscar (Meat Turnover)
This film was released in 2001.
In this story the characters travel through thresholds and doors.
• Oscar is an overweight boy who is given the nick-name "Meat Turnover"
• Oscar becomes depressed due to his weight and ridicule for his weight.
• Oscars mother doesn't care for his condition until she finds him crying. She then pays friends to watch movies with him. This works until he could no longer fit into the chairs.
• In the summer Oscar would sweat "oil, vinegar, and mustard" Which his mother would harvest from him.
• When Oscar is aware of his mother's intentions he began to dress himself as a meat turnover, pouring flour all over himself. His mother became mad at him, and Oscar nearly bit off her arm in retaliation.
• From this he began to crave human flesh. so he pretended to be blind to mislead his victims
Oscar stops pretending and opens his eyes, which gleamed with hunger.
His mother realized that Oscar was going to take the same steps as she did to him, which was to prepare her into a meal.
When Oscars mother starts to reap the oils of his sweat, her true motives become clear:
She wants to eat her son
Oscar's "Our Lady of Fatima" necklace represents hope and protection.
Sao Paulo Brazil in 1940s
Piñon grew up listening to myths and stories, this was how the elders would teach their history to the younger generation.
This story represents the culture of Brazil in Piñon’s childhood. Piñon wants to continue the Brazilian custom of storytelling to her readers.
• Oscar vs his mother
• Enslavement vs freedom
Always do what you need to you never know when you'll run out of time
Be careful who you try to help/trust
Man Vs. Man
Magic realism is evident in the story because Oscar is a child that is described as being made of flour, milk, lard, and salt.