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Can a case be made for interpreting literature within the electronic age? Does literature nonetheless topic during this period of fast info? Is it even attainable to suggest for critical, sustained analyzing with all demeanour of social media distracting us, fragmenting our focus, and significant brief, swift communication?

In the sting of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings jointly a considerate team of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the USA, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to consider the nation of literature within the twenty-first century. together with essays via impressive participants corresponding to Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this assortment provides a number views concerning the significance of analyzing literature today.

The fringe of the Precipice is a passionate, articulate, and enjoyable assortment that displays at the function of literature in our society and asks whether it is now lower than siege.

Contributors comprise Michael Austin (Newman University), Sven Birkerts (author), Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie-Mellon University), Vincent Giroud (University of Franche-Comté), Katia Grubisic (poet), Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto), Alberto Manguel (author), J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Drew Nelles (editor-in-chief, Maisonneuve), Keith Oatley (University of Toronto), Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (British Library), Leonard Rosmarin (Brock University), Lori Saint-Martin (translator), Paul Socken (University of Waterloo), and Gerhard van der Linde (University of South Africa).

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The telephone rang. It was an unusual hour for their telephone to ring. His left slipper had come off and he groped for it with his heel and toe as he stood in the middle of the room, and childishly, toothlessly, gaped at his wife. Having more English than he did, it was she who attended to calls. “Can I speak to Charlie,” said a girl’s dull little voice. “What number you want? No. ” The receiver was gently cradled. Her hand went to her old tired heart. “It frightened me,” she said. He smiled a quick smile and immediately resumed his excited monologue.

Students received both clinical and theoretical training and many studied or had contacts with leading European psychiatrists and neurologists. In 1900, Pavel Iakobii published a book entitled The Principles of Administrative Psychiatry. Iakobii, who had spent many years as a physician in Europe and practiced psychiatry in Moscow, presented a radical argument that class fears were to blame for the mistreatment of the insane in Russia. The ruling social classes built asylums to remove from society perceived enemies and competitors as well as anyone who displayed uncontrolled passions or incomprehensible behavior.

Would you need to make any amendments or revisions to the storyline? What would you want to highlight and what, possibly, would you want to diminish? Would you keep the open end? Would you create an alternative climax in the story? Murray Biggs: Since the story itself hardly needs improving, a theater adaptation could and should hew closely to Nabokov’s narrative line. The original highlights the mother’s character and situation and her relationship with her husband, especially as conditioned by their son’s ailment.

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