[ilds] Presentism

Beatrice Skordili bskordil at otenet.gr
Tue May 29 11:50:51 PDT 2007


No, Bill, no connection whatsoever! I am only talking about the ways in 
which a text interfaces with the interests that relate to our lived 
experience. I am not inventing connections. And I have no real quarrels with 
cultural materialists, but they might have some with me.
B.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "william godshalk" <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 8:59 PM
Subject: [ilds] Presentism


Beatrice,

I think in Shakespeare studies your position would be labeled
"presentist." Terry Hawkes has a recent book on the subject. In the
case of Hawkes, he wants to see Shakespeare from the perspective of
recent politics. I'm not sure that we still read Shakespeare because
of his political and social positions (whatever they might be).
Cultural Materialists would not agree.

Bill


>Eagleton, DeMan, Said, Foucault (names
>mentioned recently) are good or bad scholars as such, or even whether 
>(which
>concerns two of them) they have said "bad" things about Durrell based on
>cursory readings, or even plain reputation. These people found currency in
>academic discussions because of the relevance of their work to the issues
>that became prominent,  both theoretical and political, at their time. The
>scholars working on Joyce or Conrad (for instance) have managed to keep 
>them
>current in the academy by demonstrating their relevance to these very
>theoretical and political debates.

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