Akino Terayama, Telepathy (translated by Toshiya Kamei)

She had been standing on the platform of a small decayed station. 'I'll never forget this moment as long as I live,' Tsueko thought, staring at the blue silhouette of the Southern Alps. The morning sun began to rise over the mountaintop. The cold air swept against her legs in her monpe pants.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & The Global Marketing of New Liberalism, by Fatin Morris Guirguis

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a children story book, popularized through two movie productions carrying the same name is a story which uses the capitalist society as its setting. It revolves around a capitalist in the laissez-faire system and a family of workers. Although the story exposes the extreme social and economic stratification of the society, it fails to recognize it as a result of the capitalist system. Mr. Wonka, the Capitalist is glorified. The pauperization of the worker’s family is seen as an inevitable outcome of development. Chocolate as a commodity is fetishized.

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Occupation and the City: a Reading in Sahar Khalifeh’s the Sunflower, by Wisam Mansour

Sahar Khalifeh, a Palestinian academician and novelist, explores in her narratives, among other things, the impact of occupation on the day-to-day life of Palestinians in their cities and villages. In her 1980 Sunflower, Khalifeh vividly portrays the city of Nablus from the viewpoints of several male and female characters who see the city and themselves under occupation from the perspectives of class, gender, ethnicity and situatedness. Cut off from the outside by military occupation, cordoned by hostile settlements, and impaired sexually and emotionally, the city and its inhabitants in Khalifeh’s narrative suffer from excessive atrophy.

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Thomas McGrath, Problems of the Revolutionary Poet in Contemporary Times

Perhaps this is a subject for a catalog rather than for a short paper. The poet will have the usual problems of making a living--problems which everyone who works has to face--and these will be complicated by the fact that he must try to live two lives at once: as a revolutionary and as a revolutionary poet. He must buy time for the second life since he is a pre-capitalist type and not a producer of commodities. He will have the usual problems with the police and with blacklists--with whatever kinds of repression are of the mode for the time in which he lives as modified by the levels of organization of class struggle.

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