Bartleby


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Bartleby

refuses to associate with others or even to mingle with other employees. [Am. Lit.: Melville Bartleby the Scrivener]

Bartleby

copyist in Wall Street office; refuses to do anything but copy documents. [Am. Lit.: “Bartleby the Scrivener”]
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Spanish author Enrique Vila-Matas is renowned for his metafictional novels, including Bartleby & Co.
The Puppet's Tattered Clothes" is a flash fiction novel and author Alan Bray's first published effort (and the fourth flash novel to be published by Bartleby Snopes Press).
Like Bartleby, or the Occupy movement for whom Melville's scrivener became such an important symbol, these works stage what amounts to an aesthetic strike.
Loki and Bartleby (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck), two angels banished from heaven, believe they have found a loophole allowing them to re-enter God's kingdom.
SATURDAY ACCEPTED STV 11PM After he is rejected by every college he applies to, high-school slacker Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) decides to create his own higher education institute on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
The elder Baghdasarian has served this Blackstone Valley town for decades in various capacities, including selectman, school committeeman, Board of Health member, Ye Old Towne Ale Taster and, I believe, Bartleby the Scrivener.
Among the living, Vincent O'Sullivan and Alan Duff played their Bartleby card, preferring not to be included.
Read this way, her answers seem remarkably similar, avant la lettre, to the famous formula of Melville's Bartleby the scrivener, "I would prefer not to," especially as it is read by Gilles Deleuze.
The Santa Trap" follows ill-willed youth Bradley Bartleby who is tired of Santa's games of giving him only socks, and is out for the jolly old fat man with traps and nefarious plots that scare even his parents.
To this end she teases out the Deleuzian implications in a number of works of fiction: the dialectic of movement and stasis in the "road-trip" novels of Kerouac, Nabokov and Paul Aster; repetative passion in Bartleby, the Scrivner; and unworking in Blanchot.
The choice of books on offer include Crash by JG Ballard, Short Stories by Oscar Wilde, Aesop's Fables, (Un)arranged Marriage Bali Rai, Bartleby, The Scrivener by Herman Melville, The Trial by Franz Kafka, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S.
There follows a wave of interest among Polish critics, which amounts to a new, local Bartleby industry (Czaplinki 2009; Jankowicz 2009; Kapela 2010).