TransTemp Fables

TransTemp Fables - Genre: TransTemp Fables Invariant Format...

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Genre: TransTemp Fables Invariant Format Part A: All TransTemp Fables begin with the introduction of a well known individual from history, literature or folklore. This individual is referred to as the "culture model" or CM. The CM must be associated with the past and cannot belong to the contemporary world. Part A must include some well known act performed by this person and the outcome of this act. Part A is always introduced by a formulaic expression (see Invariant Rules). Additionally, this portion of the TransTemp Fable is marked by the use of a code thought to be archaic or with an "old-timey" flavor. Part B: The narrative then turns to an unknown contemporary individual (the Target). The Target and his/her present situation is described. This is also introduced by the same formulaic expression as is Part A. Part C: The CM inhabits the mind of the Target and forces the Target to act in the contemporary world just as the CM did in his own time. Part C is introduced by a formulaic expression which announces the cross temporal influence. This is followed by a description of the deed. Part D: The outcome of the Target's behavior. Part E: The Moral. This must be succinctly expressed Invariant Rules 1) Part A must be introduced by the formulaic expression, "Once upon a time in the here and now" 2) The CM must be a familiar figure associated with some period in the past 3) Part A should include at least one archaic or old fashioned expression. These need not be historically accurate. 4) Part B must be introduced by the formulaic expression, "Once upon a time in the here and now" 5) Part C must be introduced by the formulaic expression, "Time folds in on itself; the past controls the present." 6) The outcome of the Target's behavior must be different from the original outcome of the CM's behavior. Background: This innovative genre developed initially at a time of social upheaval when many people began doubting the traditional values and traditional cultural models. The genre itself was intended as a radical and cynical rejection of the past. For this reason, these TransTemp Fables initially included a CM
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2010 for the course ANT 110 taught by Professor Rukeyser during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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TransTemp Fables - Genre: TransTemp Fables Invariant Format...

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