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Malcolm A. Kline

is the executive director of Accuracy in Academia (AIA), a non-profit research group reporting on bias in education. In that capacity, Kline serves as editor-in-chief of AIA’s two web sites—www.academia.org and www.campusreportonline.net. Kline also edits AIA’s monthly newsletter, Campus Report. He has hosted a monthly online broadcast on www.rightalk.com.

He previously worked as the editor of the National Journalism Center (NJC) and has written for a variety of publications including USA TodayCrisis magazine, The American EnterpriseOrganization Trends (from the Capital Research Center), Insight magazine, Human EventsThe National Catholic RegisterThe Non-Profit Times, andConsumer’s Research magazine. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Kline also worked as an intern at the NJC, contributing research for columnist Donald Lambro’s syndicated column.

The husband of the former Annie-Grace Saungweme, and father of three, the native Pennsylvanian now makes his home in Triangle, VA.

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Fyodor We Hardly Knew Ya

February 5, 2016, Malcolm A. Kline, 

The Modern Language Association (MLA) gave new meaning to the term “in-depth study” at the annual MLA convention in Austin, Texas in January. “What Crime and Punishment is really about is aberrant male sexuality and matricide,” Northwestern University professor Susan McReynolds claimed in an MLA panel on “Reading Dostoyevsky, Dostoyevsky Reading.”

Gee, Amazon only tells us that “Drawing upon experiences from his own prison days, the author recounts in feverish, compelling tones the story of Raskolnikov, an impoverished student tormented by his own nihilism, and the struggle between good and evil. Believing that he is above the law, and convinced that humanitarian ends justify vile means, he brutally murders an old woman — a pawnbroker whom he regards as ‘stupid, ailing, greedy…good for nothing.’ Overwhelmed afterwards by feelings of guilt and terror, Raskolnikov confesses to the crime and goes to prison. There he realizes that happiness and redemption can only be achieved through suffering.”

Before McReynolds gave this insight, one of her co-panelists, Alexander Burry of Ohio State University, examined the similarities between Pushkin’s poem about sticky leaves and Dostoyevsky’s reference to same in The Brothers Karamazov. “The stickiness could relate to semen or moisture,” Burry observed. Both McReynolds and Burry are professors in their universities’ Slavic Languages Department.

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Posted in MLAPerspectives. Tagged as #MLA16academiaAccuracy in AcademiaCrime and PunishmentFyodor DostoyevskyMLAMLA 2016Modern Language AssociationNorthwestern UniversitySusan McReynolds