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Postmodernism and Literary Interpretation

February 26th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Postmodernism and Literary Interpretation Three basic principles underlie the post-modernistic critique of literary interpretation (and, by extension, other social sciences). First Principle The first is that one should have no compunctions about taking a philosophical approach.  There is no point simply in juxtaposing one text against another.  This does not however invalidate the need for, […]

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January 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Charles Bukowski recently released (posthumously, that is), a new book of poetry entitled The Pleasures of the Damned. It was poorly reviewed by somebody named David L. Ulin in the Los Angeles Times (Nov. 25, 2007). Mr. Ulin states, “it’s impossible not to ask some hard questions about his status and whether it is deserved. […]

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The Phenomenological Proust

December 24th, 2006 · 5 Comments

What is the world’s most boring novel? Easy! It’s Swann’s Way, the first volume of Remembrance of Things Past, by Marcel Proust. The main reason why is, nothing happens. The narrator (Proust) waits for his mother to kiss him goodnight. Everybody sits around waiting for dinner at the Verdurins. It’s raining, so the narrator (Proust, […]

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Dostoyevsky and Miracles

September 18th, 2006 · No Comments

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov unquestionably is one of the greatest novels of Western literature. I would not rank it as “the” greatest, as some do, because that spot is reserved for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Even so, I probably have read it a dozen times since first coming across it in high school. It’s one […]

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