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    For those unfamiliar with this narrative...

    For those unfamiliar with this narrative point-of-view, itís called the corporate narrator. As so many people have mentioned, the narrator is not a he, a she, or Ióitís a WE.

    And I think this is a...
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    Yes, the subject is tawdry, but it fits perfectly...

    Yes, the subject is tawdry, but it fits perfectly in the southern gothic genre (I'd love to explain this further, but it'll have to wait until Monday out of respect for our fellow forum patrons).
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    I always love it when people claim a story is...

    I always love it when people claim a story is "unrealistic." Really? This story is unrealistic? Okay. But you know what else is unrealistic? A female astronaut driving cross-country in a diaper to...
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    For literary movements, I used to make bullet...

    For literary movements, I used to make bullet points of the movement's main tenets, then write down its major players and time frame.

    For individuals stories, I took notes by breaking the story...
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    Generally, the classes that constitute an English...

    Generally, the classes that constitute an English degree vary from university to university. If your major is "English Literature," the way I understand it, you're mostly going to deal with works...
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    lol. It's not like the protagonist stays and...

    lol. It's not like the protagonist stays and fights the second time you read it.
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    Some more novels in line with what you've been...

    Some more novels in line with what you've been reading: Ishmael Reed's The Freelance Pallbearers and Yellow Back Radio Broke Down; James Purdy's Malcom and Cabot Wright Begins; Phillip Roth's Our...
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    I think you guys are sort of overlooking...

    I think you guys are sort of overlooking something here. One of the central themes in American literature is the escape of time. Has is occurred to you that there are so many references to 5 because,...
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    Not surprising considering that the author was a...

    Not surprising considering that the author was a teenager when he wrote it.
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    You're preachin' to the choir there bud.

    You're preachin' to the choir there bud.
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    You know, I would hold off completely on buying...

    You know, I would hold off completely on buying the short fiction books until you saw the syllabus. You'll probably be able to find most of the short stories your professor assigns online. You'll...
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    Poll: Holden wants everything to stay the same because...

    Holden wants everything to stay the same because he is anxious about both sex and death. In a sense, he wants to stop time to preserve his youth, warding off death and the "maturity" that accompanies...
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    Um. No. Here are some of my notes from...

    Um. No.

    Here are some of my notes from college:

    Realism: Realism was a development in the second half of the nineteenth century that attempted to go beyond romanticism and represent reality as...
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    Or America could provide government sanctioned...

    Or America could provide government sanctioned health care, like virtually every other well-developed nation in the world.
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    Edna kills herself at the end of the novella...

    Edna kills herself at the end of the novella because she realizes she can't be free in the sense she'd like to enjoy--she wants to live life completely independent of men. She isn't necessarily a man...
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    Heyyyyyyyy. Someone has a good understanding of...

    Heyyyyyyyy. Someone has a good understanding of the novel.
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    I'd like to say something of note at this point;...

    I'd like to say something of note at this point; only take Brit Lit if it's from Shakespeare to present times. Colleges typically organize Brit Lit into two semesters, and obviously a high school...
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    For pure wit? Shakespearian comedies and...

    For pure wit? Shakespearian comedies and Alexander Pope.
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    Knowing Eliot, he was probably connecting the...

    Knowing Eliot, he was probably connecting the Modern literary movement to classic literature--Greek and Roman lit. I doubt he was referring to modern and classic in the sense we're discussing.
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    Take the easiest class offered if you're not...

    Take the easiest class offered if you're not interested in literature. The required college English courses aren't that difficult. I'd say to take a more difficult lit class only if you plan on...
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    "Editha" is the reason I picked up Lapham. I...

    "Editha" is the reason I picked up Lapham. I liked the story. It reminded me of Twain's cynicism. But I read an academic lit crit book in college called The Deconstruction of Social Realism that...
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    I agree with IslandClimber in the sense that...

    I agree with IslandClimber in the sense that Whitman is egotistical. Like all the other Transcendentalists, he loves to project his own identity on other people and vice-versa. He thinks he...
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    lol. Touche. I wouldn't be too concerned. Realism...

    lol. Touche. I wouldn't be too concerned. Realism just isn't my bag. It's so logical that it becomes un-realistic. The characters tend to bore me. Best of luck with the book though. If you like...
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    Sweet Jesus. No offense, but you're reading James...

    Sweet Jesus. No offense, but you're reading James and Howells at once? And you aren't comatose yet? I mean, I've never read The American, but I started to read Lapham and it literally put me to...
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    Djuna Barnes: Nightwood

    Djuna Barnes: Nightwood
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