Confabulario and Other Inventions. By Juan José Arreola. Translated by George D. Schade; illustrated by Kelly Fearing. A biting commentary on the follies of. Buy Confabulario definitivo (Letras Hispanicas) by Juan Jose Arreola from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases. Available now at – ISBN: – Cartone Ilustrada – CIRCULO DE LECTORES, S.A., Barcelona – – Book Condition: Bueno.

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Juan José Arreola

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Professor Mauricio Tenorio and visiting lecturer Nelly Palafox led the conversation. Professor Bill Yarrow from Joliet Junior College moderated the curriculum session and produced the following study guide and lesson plans. Arreola is an experimental writer conrabulario short works in the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges whose fame rests on Confabulario Total which was published in The original Confabulario appeared in The work is divided into four parts: Bestiary, Prosody, Confabulario,and Various Inventions.

While he comes se of traditional Spanish literature, his works often have affinities with experimental European writers like Marcel Schwob. Arreola writes in short forms, but his works have as much in common with poetry as they do with traditional short stories.

Arreola is argeola stylist. He takes great care in crafting his works and is particularly sensitive to nuances in language. Students will utilize research, analysis, and oral and written communication skills. Computer with Internet access.

Books by Juan José Arreola

This lesson will take one day to complete. Students unfamiliar with the Biblical allusion will find the idea of a camel passing through the eye of a needle odd, even absurd. That is their clue something else might be going on in the passage. Students will discover the allusion is to a cobfabulario in the New Testament.

Have students read the original passage. The direct allusion can be found in Matthew They should read from Matthew This can be read out loud by a student or the teacher to the class.


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The teacher should discuss the meaning of Matthew Students should discuss or write about what Arreola is satirizing or making fun of in the story. Ask the students or have them write about whether Arreola is making fun of religion in the story. Follow with discussion and then teacher viewpoint.

Correct joae misunderstandings or misreadings. Ask the students or have them write about whether Arreola is making fun of science in the story. Ask the students or have them write about whether Arreola is making fun of rich people in the story. Ask students to discuss or have them write about the irony in josr last paragraph. Have students find other examples of humor that comes from taking figurative language literally. Examples can be widely found.

Books by Juan José Arreola (Author of Confabulario)

Go beyond literature into popular culture— cartoons, movies, TV, songs, jokes Films by Mel Brooks like A History of the World when Brooks and company are escaping from Roman soldiers in a chariot they come to a fork in the road— literally!

A big fork sticking into the road! Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis lives like a bug i.

What is the advantage of an author using a diary to tell a story? Any insight into the narrator can only come from an examination of the subjective words of the narrator 3.

Could the narrator of this story be a bee? Does understanding the meaning of the title help to explicate the story, enlarge the story with another layer of meaning, or does it merely confuse matters even more? Have students discuss or write about this question. Have students write their own diary story. The story should be in the present tense. It should have multiple dated entries. It should be progressive in its revelation of information. By the end of the story the reader should know something about the narrator that the reader did not know when the story began.

The narrator should reveal this indirectly, even unknowingly through specific details in the diary entries. Alternative for more advanced students: The same kinds of questions above except 5 and 6 apply to this story. Read and analyze other diary stories: Read and analyze diary novels: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The Sorrows of Young Werther b. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge d. Confessions of Zeno e. The Golden Notebook g. Students should notice the narrator of the story.


In what ways is Judge McBride like a rhinoceros? What traits do they share in common? What traits are associated with the rhinoceros in this story? Most stories in bestiaries have morals. Does this story have a moral? How is this story similar to the earlier story of the same title? Defend your viewpoint either orally or in writing.

Pangloss in the ultimate clause of the story. This is another story whose richness of reference is formidable: The traditional shape of a story and sometimes the whole idea of story at all is missing in much of Arreola.

High school students want to know what a story means. Often when we are teaching literature, we are also teaching observation, close reading, inference, analysis, classification, contrast, critical thinking Those skills we cherish may not work with Arreola.

His stories often defy categories and are resistant to traditional ways literature teachers are used to teaching and explicating literature. There are Dadaist and Surrealist and magical realist elements all contra logical in Arreola. Arreola often writes about animals in his stories.

His stories themselves are different animals from what we ordinarily come across in a high school class. That can be a good thing. Just proceed with foreknowledge and caution.

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