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By Vladimir Nabokov

Released weeks after his 70th birthday, Ada, or Ardor is considered one of Nabokov's maximum masterpieces, the wonderful end result of his occupation as a novelist. It tells a love tale bothered through incest. yet extra: it's also straight away a fairy story, epic, philosophical treatise at the nature of time, parody of the heritage of the radical, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is not any under the very best paintings of an mind's eye at white heat.

This is the 1st American version to incorporate the wide and ingeniously sardonic appendix through the writer, written below the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.

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202)37 Bachelard calls our attention, in his own way, to issues we have considered in Nagel and Latour when he recalls a specific image in Henry-Louis Bergson’s Introduction to Metaphysics (La Pensée et le mouvant, 221)—the drawer in a filing cabinet “as an example of a metaphor that hardens and loses even the spontaneousness of the image and effectively stands for ‘dry’ rationalism” (76). indd 16 6/22/2011 4:23:17 PM 17 I N T RO DU C T ION But aside from this idea of a dull rationalism, Bachelard wishes to make an important distinction between image (like the miniature he admires) and metaphor: “Metaphor is related to a psychic being from which it differs [my emphasis].

Chaucer expects a great deal from both his reading or his listening audience for The Nun’s Priest’s Tale: he depends on a heightened sense of plain action within a physical space while asking us to consider the disposition of those events within a textspace laden with cultural expectation. The simple fable itself as Chaucer tells it is a cartographic landmark in the long history of that icon of popular culture both early and late—Reynard the fox. Moreover, this telling dramatizes the idea that the book has become the space of popular culture, supplanting the word of God and His exegetes with the vox populis.

His finite energies might mirror, however dimly, God’s eternal power. It is no wonder, then, that the metaphor of the circle to explain God furnished a steadying principle in the face of scientific questions about the earth’s motion. All the while, the finite imagination might gain or posit a place to consider here (everyday material practice) and there (possibilities of the imaginative spirit) and so gain some relative ground—whether poet, craftsman, scientist, theologian, teacher, parent—or prescient human being.

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