Wednesday, November 26, 2003
( 4:22 PM ) The Rat
ANOTHER CONTENDER for the Most-Unintentionally-Hysterical-Sentence-I've-Encountered-Since-Entering-Graduate-School Prize. From Mieke Bal's Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative:
"Narratology studies narrative texts only in so far as they are narrative; in other words, in their narrativity."
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Monday, November 24, 2003
( 10:31 AM ) The Rat
One has to face the fact that man is a failure. His conscience, which belongs to the spirit, will probably never be brought into harmony with his nature, his reality, his social condition, and there will always be "honorable sleeplessness"...
—Thos. Mann, "Chekhov"
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
( 5:28 PM ) The Rat
AMONG THE QUALITIES LISTED in a catalogue of the medieval Arabs' ideal of female beauty:
"...and her buttocks so fleshy as to impede her passage through a door..."
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Saturday, November 01, 2003
( 10:27 PM ) The Rat
THE RAT'S FAVORITE TWO SENTENCES out of all the reading she's done so far in grad school. From Victor Ehrlich's Russian Formalism: History, Doctrine:
"It has been argued that this doctrine was essentially a reflection of Futurist poetics with its slogans of 'liberation of phonic energy' and the 'self-valuable word.' This is an oversimplification."
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