About Me

May 15, 2007 at 11:30 pm (Uncategorized)

My name is Michael Dandy and I was born in Indonesia. I moved to Georgia in October 2006 and enrolled the Northview High School. I like reading novels with suspended stories and thriller plots. Usually, I spend my leisure time by listening to the music or playing computer. Actually, this is my first blog so I fell excited when create this blog. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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Overview

May 15, 2007 at 11:17 pm (Uncategorized)

This blog is created to fulfill the American Literature assignment. Primarily the blog will discuss about the literary movement that began in 1968, Post-Modern. There are lots of post-modern writer today and I choose Ray Bradbury among them because Bradbury is well-known for his science fiction writings. I do the research about this writer’s writing life. The research question was “why does Ray Bradbury choose science fiction as his writing genre?”. The research paper will explain about every aspect that gives influence in Bradbury’s writing career. In addition, there is a short story that I make based on the post-modern characteristic. I hope you will have more understanding about post-modern literature after you read this blog.

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Ray Bradbury

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A Letter from Mentor’s Wife

May 15, 2007 at 11:04 pm (Uncategorized)

I write a short story with post-modern genre. The story is about the competition in the nuclear weapon development between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. One of the scientists from the Soviet Union has been killed almost a week after he got honor to hold the second key. His apprentice suspects that there is a conspiracy behind this murder. A letter from mentor’s wife will explain everything.

A Letter from Mentor’s Wife

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Post-Modernism

May 12, 2007 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Postmodern literature arose after World War II as a series of reactions against the perceived norms of modernist literature. Just like postmodernism itself, it is hard to define; Wagner offers this approach: “Postmodernism, then, can be used at least in two ways – firstly, to give a label to the period after 1968 (which would then encompass all forms of fiction, both innovative and traditional), and secondly, to describe the highly experimental literature produced by writers beginning with Lawrence Durrell and John Fowles in the 1960s and reaching to the breathless works of Martin Amis and the “Chemical (Scottish) Generation” of the fin-de-siècle.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern_literature

Here are the characteristic of Postmodern literature:

  • Mixing of fantasy with nonfiction; blurs lines of reality for reader
  • No heroes
  • Concern with individual in isolation
  • Social issues as writers align with feminist & ethnic groups
  • Usually humorless
  • Narratives
  • Metafiction
  • Present tense
  • Magic realism

Source: http://www.teachnlearn.org/LITERARY%20PERIODS%20AND%20THEIR%20CHARACTERISTICS.htm

  • responses to modernism, especially refusals of some of its totalizing premises and effects, and of its implicit or explicit distinction between ‘high’ culture and commonly lived life,
  • responses to such things as a world lived under nuclear threat and threat to the geosphere, to a world of faster communication, mass mediated reality, greater diversity of cultures and mores and a consequent pluralism,
  • acknowledgments of and in some senses struggles against a world in which, under a spreading technological capitalism, all things are are commodified and fetishized (made the object of desire), and in which genuine experience has been replaced by simulation and spectacle,
  • resultant senses of fragmentation, of discontinuity, of reality as a pastiche rather than as a weave,
  • reconceptualizations of society, history and the self as cultural constructs, hence as rhetorical constructs.

Source: http://www.brocku.ca/english/courses/2F55/post-mod-attrib.html 

  • Postmodernism rejects Western values and beliefs as only a small part of the human experience and often rejects such ideas, beliefs, culture, and norms.
  • Postmodernism is suspicious of being “profound” because such ideas are based on one particular Western value systems.
  • Postmodernism prefers to dwell on the exterior image and avoids drawing conclusions or suggesting underlying meanings associated with the interior of objects and events.
  • Postmodernism sees human experience as unstable, internally contradictory, ambiguous, inconclusive, indeterminate, unfinished, fragmented, discontinuous, “jagged,” with no one specific reality possible.  Therefore, it focuses on a vision of a contradictory, fragmented, ambiguous, indeterminate, unfinished, “jagged” world.
  • Postmodern writer creates an “open” work in which the reader must supply his own connections, work out alternative meanings, and provide his own (unguided) interpretation.

Source: http://vc.ws.edu/engl2265/unit4/Modernism/all.htm

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Research Paper

May 12, 2007 at 8:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is the research paper.

Ray Bradbury: Father of Science Fiction

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Bradbury’s Collection

May 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm (Uncategorized)

Novels

Short Stories

Plays

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Bradbury#Short_story_collections

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Photographs

May 11, 2007 at 5:30 pm (Uncategorized)

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Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury and George Bush

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EPCOT, Bradbury’s work for Disney

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Fahrenheit 451

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The Martian Chronicles

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Outline

May 10, 2007 at 9:32 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is the Outline.

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MLA Works Cited

April 26, 2007 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is the list of Works Cited.

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Bradbury’s Quote

April 24, 2007 at 10:21 pm (Quote)

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”

Ray Bradbury

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