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  1. Criticism of the ostrich scenes from Milan Kundera.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper presents critical reactions to the use of the ostriches in Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, focusing on the fact that he does not use their most striking quality. But, despite the demand, I struggle to find much to criticize, though I do flag a worry about Kundera’s consistency regarding what is common knowledge.
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  2. Literary Girls, by K*thleen St*ck: chapter 5, realism.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I present a pastiche of Kathleen Stock responding to Raymond Tallis’s defence of realism. It is followed by a note in which I briefly explain why I have approached this task by means of pastiche.
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  3. A book of prefaces.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I present a little puzzle to do with a book of prefaces.
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  4. Why did Mishima build up his muscles? A not quite Hobbesian answer.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I consider an alternative to the explanation that it was just a macho time, a time of strong men in literature: a certain pessimistic evaluation system just leads in the direction of building up your muscles. The answer is presented by means of an imitation of the Japanese writer, as he reads in translation.
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  5. R.K. N*r*yan on fake Chernobyl poetry and two reasons for pastiche.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I predict a reaction within the English literary world if Ukrainian poets head to England owing to war. I also identify two reasons for pastiche. I attempt to do so by means of a pastiche of a notable writer from the Indian sub-continent, for a version of one of these reasons.
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  6. Graphomania again: a taxi driver puzzle from Milan Kundera and a solution.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper presents a puzzle that occurred to me while reading Milan Kundera defining graphomania: a mania for writing books for an unknown public. I also present a solution.
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  7. Objections to Robert Graves’s The Greek Myths.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This is a two page handout summarizing a number of objections made against Robert Graves's book of Greek myths.
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  8. Christina Rossetti’s “Pros and Cons” versus Middlemarch: rhythm and anti-racism.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Christina Rossetti’s short fiction has been long-neglected, we are told. In this paper, I respond to her fiction “Pros and Cons,” which perhaps provides a clue regarding why there has been neglect: it leaves the impression of being an imitation of George Eliot, a mocking imitation even. I identify two differences between Rossetti and Eliot.
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  9. Life is Elsewhere: an English deconstruction?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper responds to a European novel presenting the development of a poet. The novelist depicts a stage in which the poet seeks to escape from his mother, but I show that there are textual resources for an alternative interpretation of why.
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  10. A paper/fiction against an anthology, by M*l*n K*nder*.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Helen Constantine's collection French Tales is something of a puzzle, although I personally am grateful for it. I present some reactions I anticipate to the collection, or elaborated versions of these reactions. I do so by means of a pastiche of a widely read European author, varying the opening of his Life is Elsewhere.
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  11. “Why do you find these okay stories good?”.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    As an answer to the title question, some stories you can operate on and then get something good. I explain why I find a story about a tiger attack good, because of this reason, “courageously” presenting what I take to be something good. In the appendix, I present an attempt to clarify a distinction.
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  12. Russia versus the West and the power of words: a response to Tatyana Tolstaya.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I respond to an essay by Tatyana Tolstaya, which describes a contrast between the Russian and the Western perspective on words. Her contrast may generally be true, but I know of a counterexample: a tale about a Western philosopher and his followers and what happened to them.
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  13. George Bernard Shaw’s essays versus folk culture.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    George Bernard Shaw did various things to make his essays readable, such as using short sections. In this paper, I raise the worry that they are at risk of being replaced by vocabulary and sayings from folk culture.
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  14. On the very idea of a short story that got out of control and became a novel?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Shashi Tharoor criticizes R.K. Narayan in the following way: “Narayan’s prose was like a bullock-cart: a vehicle that can move only in one gear, is unable to turn, accelerate or reverse, and remains yoked to traditional creatures who have long since been overtaken.” I think there is a quick defence, which is that it is very unlikely that one can write the different kinds of works he did without being able to significantly change pace; but there is an objection from (...)
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  15. Consistency worries for Shashi Tharoor concerning “It reads like a translation”.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I raise a worry that Shashi Tharoor’s criticism that “much of Narayan’s prose reads like a translation” is inconsistent with his criticism “the ABC of bad writing – archaisms, banalities and cliches – abounded” because these things tend to be worded in a way that exploits local linguistic features, such as alliteration, making translation difficult. I also flag another inconsistency worry, but earlier in this paper.
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  16. Why didn’t The Egoist sell? A response to Yale Modernism Lab, and a note to PhilPapers.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    A researcher at the Yale Modernism Lab, Elyse Graham, raises the question of why the early twentieth century literary review The Egoist had such troubling selling, despite its stellar contributors. She puts the blame on regulars Dora Marsden and Richard Aldington. I offer an alternative hypothesis.
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  17. “La proximité de cet homme”: a case of Victorian deconstruction?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I observe that the aim and method of a Victorian text within Shakespeare criticism overlaps significantly with deconstruction.
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  18. A puzzle from Tharoor versus Narayan: why write in English?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Shashi Tharoor criticizes R.K. Narayan for ignoring the English canon and for reading like a translation. A question that arises if these criticisms are sound is: why write in English at all? I propose an answer.
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  19. Self-interest and Henry Heine on the lack of English minor masters.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I argue that Henry Heine's assessment of the English - that they are either universal geniuses or self-interested mediocrities - is prone to an objection that draws upon his own characterization. I tried to write this in an Edwardian style but the result is a mishmash.
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  20. “Graphomania” in Told by an Idiot, and crowds.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper examines what is said about a craze for essay writing in Rose Macauley’s 1923 essayistic novel Told by an Idiot, comparing the material with Milan Kundera on graphomania. In the appendix, I note a passage on crowds which is reminiscent of the widely read European author.
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  21. Shashi Tharoor versus R.K. Narayan: an ABC consistency issue.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Shashi Tharoor criticizes R.K. Narayan for using expressions that seemed to have been learnt from a school textbook and have been hollowed by repetition. But he does so using an expression that sounds as if from school. What are we to make of this? I propose that it undermines one of his other criticisms, which is that Narayan’s style reflects his narrow experience and cannot be used beyond that range.
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  22. Poetry and revolution in the Western European novel: Milan Kundera’s Life is Elsewhere.Terence Rajivan Edward -
    There is a novel which presents a general scheme for the development of a poet but this paper presents a problem for it. The problem is: can a believer in the scheme both account for the universality of some poets and the association it makes between poetry and revolutions?
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  23. Can you use this style in other contexts? With R.K. Nar*y*n.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper argues against a thesis that Shashi Tharoor seems to accept: that R.K. Narayan’s style is bound up with a very specific context, of people left behind by the times in South India. It cannot deal with other subject matter. I present a little fiction to challenge the thesis.
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  24. What is a classic from the start?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    P.E. Easterling presents a brief description of the life of Sophocles according to which he was “evidently a classic from the start.” I note a concern about the description, that all classics would seem to be classics from the start.
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  25. Milan Kundera and crowds again.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Influenced by Martha Kuhlman, I am disposed to read Milan Kundera as personally disliking crowds. But I speculate that there is a practical reason for his writing against crowds, if we see him as part of a system of novelists.
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  26. Sophocles on trial: a case for devaluation.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I anticipate someone who dismisses Sophocles as mere literary craftsperson of high skill, arguing that such craftspeople turn up generationally and that the credit should go to the mythmakers.
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  27. Choice and the invasion of Ukraine, by Ren*t* S*lecl.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper contains my attempt to pastiche the Lacanian philosopher and social theorist Renata Salecl. The pastiche focuses on the effects of coronavirus on liberal societies, the invasion of Ukraine, and offers a definition which I think is of interest to analytic philosophy.
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  28. Handbook battles, H.J. Rose versus Robert Graves: a lesson in common ground.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper proposes that there is common ground between H.J. Rose’s A Handbook of Greek Mythology and Robert Graves’s The Greek Myths, in that both seem to think that it is a bad idea to meet a certain demand: to provide a handbook that is reliable, easy to consult, and suitable for students of certain literary tastes.
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  29. The definition and uses of literary pastiche, and alternative conceptual schemes.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I try to define literary pastiche and present five uses of the practice. The appendix briefly presents a response I anticipate from Davidsonians to Michael Morris on alternative conceptual schemes.
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  30. Protest me not: on Shashi Tharoor on R.K. Narayan.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper, or little essay actually, presents a response to Shashi Tharoor on R.K. Narayan, starting with “I would be afraid of writing that.”.
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  31. Demarcating context and attributing functions in British anthropology.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I begin with a quotation from Manchester School anthropologist Clyde Mitchell about demarcating the boundaries of the object of study. I then propose that the functions attributed can alter significantly depending on how one demarcates the boundaries, distinguishing between two cases. In the appendix, I present a solution to a paradox presented by Josephine Guy concerning commentary on Victorian literature.
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  32. More on specialization and literature: the Scottish heritage and Christmas books.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    Adam Smith’s vision of fields of narrow specialists seems incompatible with the singly authored pastiche book: one which imitates a variety of styles. Furthermore, at least one pastiche book takes inspiration from another notable Scottish figure, raising a question of the consistency of the Scottish heritage. I draw attention to the suggested solution.
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  33. Comparison of the first page of The House of Mirth with Commonplace.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I observe common ground and differences between the first page of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and Christina Rossetti’s Commonplace.
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  34. History lessons in contemporary French literature: a brief inquiry.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper makes a comparison between Milan Kundera and Annie Saumont. I assume there is a message being sent by Saumont in her highly recommended short story “You Should Have Changed at Dol,” regarding history in Kundera, but what is the message? I offer two interpretations.
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  35. Tharoor versus Narayan: are the avant-garde linguistic experiments actually left behind?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    When evaluating R.K. Narayan, Shashi Tharoor seems to commit himself to these theses: Narayan has a natural style of writing, or a style which is second nature to him; to go significantly beyond his limited range he would have to experiment more with language, reducing the accessibility of his fictions. I cast doubt on this combination by proposing that Narayan’s middle-of-the-road style requires suppressing linguistic innovations in earlier drafts.
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  36. Poetry smuggling in a liberal society.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    I make a proposal for how one can continue to teach poetry through official channels in a liberal society, conceived as a set of rules for citizens who disagree on a lot of things, including the value of poetry. The proposal is to quote inspiring or relevant poems in textbooks for other disciplines.
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  37. Does the principle of charity have a problem with literary form?Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I propose that there are or will be examples where the principle of charity recommends an interpretation which makes a text more true than another interpretation, whereas the rival interpretation improves on making sense of its form.
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  38. No brilliant friend? Literary acknowledgement between the sexes.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper responds to an essay by Elena Ferrante on male literary figures acknowledging the influence of female ones. She poses a question about her reception by males which I address.
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  39. Comedies of translation: R.K. Narayan, V.S. Naipaul, Annie Saumont, and beyond.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper responds to Shashi Tharoor’s criticism that “much of Narayan’s prose reads like a translation.” He does not name any writers in another language to back up his claim and without doing so there is an explanation for his impression, but one which leaves it looking misleading.
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  40. Literary Girls, by K*thleen St*ck: chapter 4, pastiche of the long dead.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper is an imitative response to Kathleen Stock’s book Material Girls, another faux chapter. This effort may be fractionally closer by some measures than my previous effort. I include an appendix with my own response to the essayist targeted: Alain Robbe-Grillet.
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  41. Why can’t we see this controversy? Bruno Latour, Greek myths, local alternatives.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper proposes (once again) that a controversy has been omitted from Robert Graves’s account of how the Greek myths became an established part of the British education system. I address a question from the secondary literature on Bruno Latour: why can’t we see this controversy? Two reasons are speculatively identified.
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  42. Realistic fantasies: puzzles about what it is like to be Elizabeth Costello.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this paper, I present two puzzles arising from J.M. Coetzee’s novel Elizabeth Costello, a fiction which is closely connected to analytic philosophy.
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  43. Ethnic minority fiction and Milan Kundera’s assessment of the taxi driver.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    This paper inquires further into how reliable Milan Kundera’s assessment of the taxi driver is. It seems to me that Kundera, though probably from a highly privileged background, approaches fiction writing like a member of an oppressed group: as soon as there is some problem, such as a difficult to digest sentence or a boring passage, the mainstream reader is shutting this book. Possibly the taxi driver would not be on this last chance saloon system.
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  44. On a paradox of the unnew.Terence Rajivan Edward - manuscript
    In this brief paper, I present a paradox of the unnew, derived from nineteenth and early twentieth century fiction, and consider an obvious solution.
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  45. Entrevista a Cristhian Briceño Ángeles sobre los escritores y las editoriales.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Argos. Revista Electrónica Semestral de Estudios y Creación Literaria 10 (25):167-172.
    Esta entrevista se realizó de forma virtual y audiovisual el 3 de julio de 2021.
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  46. Entrevista a Víctor Manuel Ramos. “Hay palabras usadas en nuestra lengua española que provienen de las lenguas precolombinas y de las que actualmente se hablan en el país”.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Aularia. Revista Digital de Educomunicación 12 (22):47-50.
    Esta entrevista se hizo a uno de los miembros de la Academia Hondureña de la Lengua, Víctor Manuel Ramos. Entre los aportes que el académico expresó, fue su contribución a la comunidad intelectual a través de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. En concreto, estos se apreciaron en el Diccionario de las Lenguas de Honduras; Literatura y su producción literaria de índole infantil. Para que ello fuera posible, el entrevistado comentó cómo fue su proceso de formación, el cual fue un tanto complejo, (...)
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  47. Violencia social: temática regularizada y necesaria para la recepción de la novela policial peruana (1990-2013).Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Kipus. Revista Andina de Letras y Estudios Culturales 53 (53):89-111.
    Este artículo sistematiza las temáticas abordadas desde la novela policial peruana en el período de los años 1990 hasta el 2013, siendo la violencia social la que más destaca. Para fundamentar esa recurrencia, el autor se basa en fuentes afines que distinguen el corpus según su clasificación. Sociológicamente, se hallan los postulados teóricos como el de posmodernidad de Fredric Jameson y Mario Vargas Llosa, junto con el de criminalidad de Luis Rodríguez Manzanera. En el Perú no se evidencia una taxonomía (...)
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  48. Entrevista a Cristhian Briceño Ángeles sobre los escritores y las editoriales.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2023 - Argos. Revista Electrónica Semestral de Estudios y Creación Literaria 10 (25):167-172.
    Esta entrevista se realizó de forma virtual y audiovisual el 3 de julio de 2021.
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  49. La ironía en La ciudad y los perros (1963) como canalizadora de la violencia.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2022 - Argos. Revista Electrónica Semestral de Estudios y Creación Literaria 9 (23):39-62.
    En este artículo, reviso el concepto y la tipología de violencia condensados por autores como Galtung, Bourdieu, Lacan, entre otros, para fundamentar su existencia en los personajes de La ciudad y los perros y el contexto donde se desenvuelven. La apropiación de ese paradigma de agresión será factible para evidenciar su evolución y su desarrollo humano, porque transitan por un estado de la adolescencia a la madurez. Sin embargo, en ese proceso ontológico, se revela la predominancia de rasgos concomitantes de (...)
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  50. Entrevista a la doctora María José Rincón González sobre la preservación y la difusión literaria y lingüística de República Dominicana.Jesús Miguel Delgado Del Aguila - 2022 - Semas. Revista de Lingüística Teórica y Aplicada 3 (5):187-195.
    María José Rincón González nació en Sevilla (España) y reside en República Dominicana desde 1992. Es miembro de número de la Academia Dominicana de la Lengua (ADL) desde el 2011 y directora del Instituto Guzmán Ariza de Lexicografía. Asimismo, es miembro correspondiente de la Real Academia Española (RAE) y miembro del consejo asesor de Fundéu Guzmán Ariza. Con respecto a su formación superior, es doctora en Filología por la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) y máster en Lexicografía por (...)
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