"Cigarette sales would drop to zero overnight if the warning said 'CIGARETTES CONTAIN FAT.'" — Dave Barry
Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler,
Press, 1997, Oxford University
Professor of French writing books about cigarettes or Americans’ obsession with fat... What is going on?
幾年前，美國學者理查·克萊恩(Richard Klein)推出《吸煙賽神仙》（Cigarette is Sublime），内容對於抽煙一事有所探討。幾年後，他的新作《胖之歌》 （中國譯名），在臺灣上市則改名為《後現代痩身主義》，這2 本都是由時報出版公司印行。他指出，肥胖的身體是值得歌頌的，而且人一胖還可以展現另一種性感。不過，大概很多人不相信這種論調，因爲我們又不是生在唐朝！
Richard Klein, Professor of French Literature, is the author of Cigarettes are Sublime (Duke), a cultural history of cigarettes, which has been translated into 14 languages. This book, like his more recent Eat Fat (Pantheon), is designed to bring the insights of critical theory to bear on contemporary social issues.
He has recently published Jewelry Talks: a novel thesis (Pantheon), a fictional memoir and a theory of personal ornamentation, which takes many of its categories from the use of jewelry as a figure in nineteenth and early twentieth century French poetry.
Professor Klein teaches poetry, modernism, and contemporary French thought. For many years he has been an Editor of Diacritics, a journa! l of literary theory produced by the Department of Romance Studies. His most recent graduate seminar was devoted to Oulipo, the post-War group of authors in Paris whose formalist experiments in literary expression have grown increasingly influential.
Professor Klein has an ongoing interest in the work of Jacques Derrida. Klein has recently focused his attention on troubadour poetry, written in Old Occitan, with its legacy of courtly love. His interests extend to the social and ideological conflicts out of which that poetry arose and declined in the Twelfth and Thirteenth centuries.
許多年前我讀到關於香煙一書， 除了佩服他的文筆之外，不喜歡他的大學， 因為此名學府的創始和運作，與煙商大有關係。補：Duke大學是好大學。