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k@ta: a biannual publication on the study of language and literature is a refereed journal published twice a year in June and December by the English Department, Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia. It presents articles on the study of language, literature and culture.
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A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF PALAHNIUK’S FICTION IN LIGHT OF EPICUREANISM Shahriari, Hesamoddin; Toosi, Ghazal
k@ta Vol 19 No 1 (2017): JUNE 2017
Publisher : Institute of Research and Community Outreach - Petra Christian University

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Chuck Palahniuk is a contemporary American writer whose novels have been adapted into acclaimed Hollywood motion pictures. Palahniuk?s literary style is often branded as modernist with nihilistic undertones. In spite of such views, in this article, we argue that through a close reading of Palahniuk and a critical interpretation of the recurrent themes in his novels, one can find traces of Epicurean philosophy echoed through the ages. Though different in means, both Palahniuk and Epicurus seem to highlight the importance of and the strive for achieving a state of ataraxia through overcoming fear and aponia through transcending physical pain and torment. After providing an introduction to Epicurean thought and Palahniuk?s style and works, connections will be established between the various shared elements and themes
PEOPLE AND NATURE IN ASIAN STORIES: READING AND WRITING MATERIALS FOR ECO EDUCATION Dewi, Novita
k@ta Vol 19 No 1 (2017): JUNE 2017
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The purpose of this article is to make parents/teachers/writers of children literature aware of eco education through stories about people and nature. Written through the eyes of a child, many conservation stories not only empower the young minds, but they also help adults change their attitude to respect environment. The first part of this article examines such environmental stories as fables, folklores, short stories from Asia, while the second part is a project report on writing eco education materials, i.e. a serial of 3 environmental stories for young adults. Using Ecocriticism and Postcolonial perspectives to analyze the stories, the study shows that the narrative strands found in the stories include (1) depletion of the earth and natural resources, (2) people?s greediness, and (3) preservation of the traditional wisdom. Some stories are still anthro­pocentric so as to provide no space to explore fully the human-nature relationship in a balanced way. Although animal stories dominate the narratives, it is the specific and philosophic depiction of place and nature that give the stories Asian characteristics in their shared campaign to save our planet. This study concludes that the call for environmental protection can be done through young adult literature in a non-condescending manner instead of the usual patronizing-colonizing method
REPRESENTATION OF ALONENESS IN FOREVER ALONE GUY COMIC STRIPS Chandra, Pricillia; Basuki, Ribut
k@ta Vol 19 No 1 (2017): JUNE 2017
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This study aims to discuss the representation of aloneness in Forever Alone Guy comic strips. The purpose of this research is to find out how the meaning of aloneness is constructed in the representation of Forever Alone Guy through the theory of representation described by Stuart Hall (1997, 2013). In the theory suggested by Hall, it is described that there are two ways to be done in creating representation. Those ways are through language/sign and mental representation. The mental representation is the only way used in this research with a reason that this analysis focuses to the stigmas attached to the concept of aloneness. The analysis shows that the construction of meaning is done through embedding clusters of negative stigmas to the three entities: single, alone and lonely. Thus, through the analysis, it can be concluded that the dominant meaning which represents being single and alone as the ?imperfect? condition plays an important role in the construction of the meaning
THE ROLE OF GIRLS AS MOTHERS IN HARRY POTTER SERIES Fransisca, Marcelina; Mochtar, Jenny
k@ta Vol 19 No 1 (2017): JUNE 2017
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This study focuses on the role of the female characters in Harry Potter series. It aims to find out the ways the female characters, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood take a mother role for Harry, whereas they are in their teenage years. Using Barthes? theory on myths, this study identifies that there are two myths that are in operation, the myth that girls are supposed to be mothers and the myth that mothers are supposed to protect, nurture, and educate. As the agents of the myths,the three teenage girls willingly take their role as  mothers  role that are assigned to them. These three female characters take their roles as mothers to Harry in how they protect, nurture, and educate Harry. In response to this, Harry also succumbs to the position of being protected, nurtured and educated by these three girls. Despite Rowling?s claims on her being a feminist when she said that ?I?ve always considered myself as a feminist? (Rowling, 2011), she cannot escape the myths on girls and women. Rowling sees that  being a mother is the most powerful role for girls and women
THE OMNIPRESENCE OF TELEVISION AND THE ASCENDANCY OF SURVEILLANCE/SOUSVEILLANCE IN RAY BRADBURY’S FAHRENHEIT 451 Abootalebi, Hassan
k@ta Vol 19 No 1 (2017): JUNE 2017
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This paper is an attempt to analyze Ray Bradbury?s Fahrenheit 451(1953) under the light of Jean Baudrillard?s notions on the media and the influences it exerts on people?s daily lives, and with an eye to Michel Foucault?s surveillance as well. The title-mentioned work, it is suggested, portrays a representative sample of a culture where different fields including books, education, and history fall under the influence of the media. Bradbury presents a society in which its inhabitants are bombarded with excessive data transmitted through television most of which is detrimental and not reliable. It is concluded that the presented culture in the novel is a microcosm of contemporary societies where authorities keep their subjects under control, engendering an atmosphere of anxiety, trepidation and apprehension for subversive forces and therefore preclude any disturbance on the part of them

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