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    I'm afraid your argument isn't very convincing....

    I'm afraid your argument isn't very convincing. The innuendo and unverifiable (without me doing an inordinate amount of archival research) throughout are unconvincing. However, I will turn my...
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    As a teenager I was greatly affected by Great...

    As a teenager I was greatly affected by Great Expectations, A Prayer for Owen Meanie, and The Left Hand of Darkness. I read most of Dostoevsky's major novels when I was 14 after picking up The Idiot...
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    Dickens is more a pre-curson to naturalism, his...

    Dickens is more a pre-curson to naturalism, his novels are sometimes classified as social realism because of their semi-journalistic interest in shedding light on social injustices. However, Dickens'...
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    I think implicit in the line is the irony of...

    I think implicit in the line is the irony of "bouncing" being a pointless action without any inherent value, which juxtaposed with the line about the gold hats reinforces the frivolity of material...
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    I think you've got the essence, which is do...

    I think you've got the essence, which is do whatever you can to impress the girl. However, it's ironic given the outcome of the novel.
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    I'm partial to Great Expectations because it had...

    I'm partial to Great Expectations because it had a profound impact on me as a teenager.
  7. According to international rankings, Canda's...

    According to international rankings, Canda's average high school student's reading and writing skills are apparently the best in the English and French speaking world (It has declined in recent years...
  8. I don't see the relevance of affirmative action...

    I don't see the relevance of affirmative action to the topic, if I'm picking an author of colour for a purpose in a curriculum it is because their text is a superior example of what I want to teach....
  9. There's no entrance exams, students in Quebec...

    There's no entrance exams, students in Quebec colleges receive what is called an R-Score which is a relative grading model where your score is higher based on how much better you do than the average...
  10. Quebec's education system is structured after...

    Quebec's education system is structured after European models.

    k-6 primary school
    7-11 secondary school
    2 years pre-uni college or 3 year vocational college
    3-4 year bachelor degrees
  11. It was a pre-uni course on literary themes....

    It was a pre-uni course on literary themes. Quebec pre-uni college students are required to take three English courses as part of their diploma: literary genres, literary themes, and program specific...
  12. I think there's a substantial difference. If you...

    I think there's a substantial difference. If you approach the process of choosing the text with the goal that the course material be diverse and relevant not only to the interest of the students but...
  13. I was using the language of the post I replied...

    I was using the language of the post I replied to. I don't think it is about exclusion, of course cutting is necessary when we have limited space in a curriculum, but about making room for...
  14. I haven't updated my location in a while, I moved...

    I haven't updated my location in a while, I moved back from Asia 3 years ago.
  15. I think students taking a course in a foreign...

    I think students taking a course in a foreign language are beyond the scope or relevance of the conversation. I'm referring to my Canadian students of colour. Also, I don't think your point...
  16. I think that ignores the pedogogical purpose of...

    I think that ignores the pedogogical purpose of the classroom and the context of the institution. I don't think students of colour expect Middle English lyrics to speak directly of their experience,...
  17. Decolonizing a classroom is not simply about...

    Decolonizing a classroom is not simply about cutting out white European males. Whether we like it or not our classrooms have changed. I look at my students in a first year survey class, very few of...
  18. It's a call back to one of the first letters...

    It's a call back to one of the first letters where Parson Tickletext praises Pamela in hyperbolic terms, which was intended as a satire on the moralizing middle class reverends that promoted...
  19. I'm fairly familiar with the book because it...

    I'm fairly familiar with the book because it formed part of my reading for my MA thesis, which was initially about Restoration libertinism but ended up being about prostitution narratives. If there's...
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    I've been floating around Toronto since August...

    I've been floating around Toronto since August doing a PhD. because I haven't got the good sense to get a real job




    There's 100 years difference between their audiences though both are...
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    The primary source of difference between a...

    The primary source of difference between a novelist like Fielding and one like Dickens is their own sense of the novel as genre and of their intended audiences. The notion of social realism wasn't...
  22. I have access to a digital copy of this book...

    I have access to a digital copy of this book through an academic database of Oxford UP publications. If there's a particular chapter you need I can copy paste it into a document and send it to you.
  23. She renamed the characters and rewrote the story...

    She renamed the characters and rewrote the story without vampires when it started to gain traction, then she made millions off of what is basically an amateur pornographic novel self-published online.
  24. Harlequin romances are trashy romance novels...

    Harlequin romances are trashy romance novels usually sold in paperback with male models on the cover like Fabio. They get their name from the Canadian publisher Harlequin that produced massive...
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    Generally it's best to use a professionally...

    Generally it's best to use a professionally edited edition that takes what generally are accepted as the best parts out of the earlier editions. Some plays have significant differences between the...
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