By Stanisław Lem, Catherine S. Leach
Comprises 3 essays--"One Human Minute," "The Upside-Down Revolution ," and "The global as Cataclysm"--from technological know-how fiction grasp Stanislaw Lem.
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Includes 3 essays--"One Human Minute," "The Upside-Down Revolution ," and "The global as Cataclysm"--from technology fiction grasp Stanislaw Lem.
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48 , p . 19). 50 See, for example, a study of the reading habits of young army recruits in France: Le livre et Ie consent (Universite de Bordeaux, Institut de Litterarure et de Techniques Artistiques de Masse, 1966). The Bordeaux Institute, headed by Robert Escarpit, has conducted a number of important statistical surveys on reading and other aspects of the sociology of literature. For an overview of their work and a detailed bibliography, see R. , Le Litteraire et Ie social: Elements pour une soaologie de la lttterature (Paris, 1970).
And trans. , 1975), p. 182 and passim. 61 For a marvelously suggestive discussion of this correlation, see Walter B. Michaels, "The Interpreter's Self: Peirce on the Cartesian 'Subject,' " The Georgia Review 31 (1977), 383-402. As far as Derrida and Lacan are concerned, 41 Susan R. Suleiman philosophical issues. Indeed, I think it is the recognition of these correlations and of their consequences that accounts for the passionately polemical tone in the debate between "positive" and "negative" theorists of interpretation.
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