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July 10, 2005


Robbi Nester

Hello. I am teaching TOTS this semester at a community college, as I have a number of other times before.
What I always emphasize in my teaching of the text is that the frame exists for no other purpose but to dislodge the whole notion of any authority we can claim over the text. It is clear that the tale has been handed down from author to other in a multi-layered game of telephone. As James has done himself, in adding his own additional preface to the New York edition of his works, in this frame we see the genesis of the tale, which recedes into the mirror of self-reflection, via an unfathomable number of authorial hands. The text is corrupt. No one can claim to own or to interpret it absolutely.

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