(urth) 5HC Question

Jeffrey Lefstin jeff.lefstin at stanfordalumni.org
Wed Jul 26 11:59:09 PDT 2006

Sorry b, I wasn't meaning to define or limit "literature."  I guess I 
need a word that means "literature with richly embroidered layers of 
meaning and symbol." if there is one and if that isn't too mixed of a 

Another GW recycling from short story to novel I forgot to mention:  
The "overmonitor" program in the ship in Silhouette is supposedly wiped 
from the mainframe, but survives by distributing itself to little 
computers in appliances and such.  Same as Pas in BotSS.


> I disagree with Jeffrey Lefstin's definition of "literature" as works 
> in
> which "characters
> and things are very often richly symbolic".  What do you call enduring
> classics which don't rely on symbolism and multiple subtext levels to 
> engage
> a reader?  Aren't there many great works of literature which are such
> because they rely on an interesting story, interesting character
> development, witty dialogue or interesting historical context?  Why 
> limit so
> narrowly?

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