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P R A E S I D I U M
A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
12.1 (Winter 2014)
A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values
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John R. Harris, Ph.D.
University of Texas, Tyler
Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D.
Helen R. Andretta, Ph.D.
Michael H. Lythgoe
Lt. Col. USAF (Retd.)
Contents of This Issue
In many respects, Ariosto is the Italian Shakespeare. His knowledge of human nature is catalogic, and the inventory of human types in his masterpiece, Orlando Furioso, is panoramic. Yet because the work was conceived and executed with exquisite irony, its subtleties have flitted over the head of the average reader for almost five centuries. This is especially true of English readers, who have no translation to consult that makes any attempt at replicating the author’s wry humor.
Though these two authors differ in epoch, nationality, religion, politics, and much else, both have played a seminal part in creating a generic space between science fiction and fantasy.
Equality Island Ivor Davies
Mr. Davies leaves the college campus–his preferred setting–for a group of castaways in order to explore the probable fate of an Occupy Wall Street-style utopia.,
In our opinion, this is likely the most significant essay that Mr. Wegierski has ever submitted to Praesidium. Certainly American readers should pay close attention to its observations about the condition of free speech and freedom of worship in Canada, which may as well be warnings for the United States. (For safety’s sake, the author’s paper was originally read in Poland!)
The “Religion” of Progressivism Encore Une Fois (article) John R. Harris
Pursuing a worthy theme raised in the Fall issue, the editor both concurs with our earlier commentators and adds that the motive for “converting” to progressivism may also be as simple as an egotistical claim to moral superiority.
Early Texts: The Shaman as Hero (article) John R. Harris
The hazy but fascinating figure of the Shaman, only recently “discovered” by anthropology and archeology, should be a familiar figure to any parent attempting to teach ancient heroic tales to his or her students..
Bright Ideas NEW FEATURE
These are thumbnail sketches, as it were, of cures that various contributors are pondering for our ailing economy, society, and culture–untested ideas, no doubt, but thought-provoking and perhaps amusing. This issue’s suggestions are as follows: “Three-party presidential elections”, “Contracting security services out to private organizations”, and “Up-and-down suburban dwellings”.