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The Center for Literate Values ~ Defending the Western tradition of responsible individualism, disciplined freedom, tasteful creativity, common sense, and faith in a supreme moral being.

 

P R A E S I D I U M

A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

10.3 (Summer 2010)

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The previous issue of Praesidium (Spring 2010) may be viewed by clicking here.

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John R. Harris, Ph.D.

President

Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.

Secretary

Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.

York College-CUNY

Director

Michael H. Lythgoe

Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)

Director

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Contents

Departments

Literary Analysis

Narrative Haeretics: One Key to Understanding an Artfully Made Story

John Harris

Whether or not morality has a role in determining artistic worth has been disputed for centuries.  This essay asserts that stories, at least, must partially be evaluated on the basis of how “real” their projected moral values strike the reader.

Traditionalist Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Monitory Response to Mass Media

  Mark Wegierski  

A Canadian author extends his earlier work for this journal by reviewing the panoply of science fiction and related genres that has boldly appeared on the literary scene over the past century.

Short Stories

The Fourth of the Month of Julius

Ivor Davies

Some leading campus progressives settle their differences the old-fashioned way.

The Polis vs. Progress

An Open Letter to Close-Minded Campuses: Please Define “Progress”

Mark Notzon

A distinguished alumnus of a major midwestern university writes a letter of regret over academe’s eagerness to sell society on “information technology”.

Two Litmus Tests for Self-Styled Conservatives

Peter Singleton

Since when has the “American way” been to fight preemptive foreign wars and trade self-sufficiency for global markets?

Faith & Cultural Meltdown

The Moralism of Historical Cycle

John R. Harris  

Certain notions about goodness prospering and wickedness being punished in the lives of nations are cliché: might they not be true, as well?

Home-School Corner

 New Resources–But All Revolving Around Literature

Staff

The changes which The Center is slowly making in the direction of home-educators essentially continue what has always been its service to literature and humane values.