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P R A E S I D I U M
A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis
14.1 (Winter 2014)
A Quarterly Publication of the Center for Literate Values
All contents of this journal are copyrighted by The Center for Literate Values of Tyler, Texas (2014), and may not be cited at length or reproduced without The Center’s express permission.
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
Owein, or The Countess of the Fountain: Postscript John R. Harris
This follow-up to the previous issue’s translation of a prose romance from the Welsh Mabinogion lays out much more thoroughly how Owein”s faintly mythic adventures allegorize Christian fall and redemption–and also explains how common was such narrative practice at the time.
The Steamrolled Kaleidoscope Ivor Davies
Professor Slane discovers that, as absurd as multicultural doctrine is, his students and his personal life have already become hopelessly swept up in the unpredictable maelstrom of “post-culturalism”.
The Polis vs. Progress
“Third Parties” in Canada: A More Pluralistic Democracy? Mark Wegierski
Canada has a long history of splinter parties whose influence, though usually local, has nonetheless affected national politics in a significant way.
Faith & Cultural Meltdown
Sermon on the Mound: Of Ants and Men George Shirley
Are we governed by fate? Our physical environment appears to be largely or entirely determined, but our response to it is a matter of choice. When we surrender ourselves to the will of others, even as a means of maximizing our and others’ material well-being, we amputate our power of choice and reduce ourselves to objects without spirits.
How to Parse Grimm’s Fairy Tales as Literature John R. Harris (introduction)
Four tales from the Grimm Brothers’ collection (translated by Margaret Hunt) are reproduced here, along with an introduction and commentary that stress their connection to much more ancient oral traditions and to the forces of social change.
Homemade Hollywood Anonymous Contributors
This time is at hand when we will be able to rid our households of Hollywood’s noxious influences. Individuals in the general public can now both produce and publish to the Net their own movie-length concoctions.