[ilds] conspiracy

Vittorio Celentano vcel at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jul 8 13:27:50 PDT 2007


Pamela,

Perhaps the mission statement of the Maryknoll Sisters will clarify your
devotion: http://www.maryknoll.org/MARYKNOLL/SISTERS/ms_missn.htm

Vittorio
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pamela Francis" <albigensian at hotmail.com>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2007 2:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] conspiracy


> Bill says:
> As for theory, we all have our theories -- we have to have theories, as
> Norman Holland points out. But I have personal experience of theories
> controlling readings. A rigid theory limits the questions that are
asked -- 
> and thus answered. Ronald Crane many years ago said the best criticism is
> the one that asks the most questions.
>
> My point exactly--any theoretical approach asks certain kinds of
> questions--a limitation that bothers you and Michael.  However, it is just
> one set of questions, and it's the set i like to ask of a text.  That
> doesn't mean i am limited to that set of questions.  As Jamie has said in
> his replies, circumstances of a text's reception, the publishing history,
> etc. and so forth, all add to the layers of a text.  Some people choose to
> focus their reading on one layer of the text--and i certainly demonstrate
> some particular reading strategies to my students.  But then, the next lit
> class they take will introduce them to other reading strategies.  The
> perception of the critic as a high priest is due to the ridiculous status
> and salaries accorded to some academics who really want to be "public
> intellectuals", whateve that may mean.  But those in the trenches do not
> require their students to sign oaths of dedication to postcolonial,
> deconstructive, historicist, phenomenological, etc. reading strategies.
>
> But Charles is right. We should be discussing LD's works.  But just one
more
> non-LD comment: i think my comment on my contributions to the Maryknoll
> Sisters was lost on Michael and probably most readers--the Maryknoll
Sisters
> are associated with "liberation theology" in Latin America, and were
> considered a thorn in the side of JPII's early anti-communist/socialist
> stances (later much softened).  The CIA has also been extremely vexed by
> their presence.  Two of the four churchwomen killed by the El Salvador
> military in 1980 were Maryknoll sisters.  The order also runs Orbis Books,
a
> publishing house focusing on social justice in the Christian tradition.
>
> So, back to LD...
>
>
> >From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
> >Reply-To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >Subject: Re: [ilds] conspiracy
> >Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 13:38:25 -0400
> >
> >
> >
> >I will defend my own
> >position, however,my own approach to literature, as my way of making
> >sense of the world, which I think is why many of us read at all. I will
> >also defend the intellectual abilities of fellow "postcolonial"
> >(quotes aqain!) scholars. ---Pamela
> >
> >I read because the world makes no sense at all, but I don't expect
> >literature to give it any sense -- for me.
> >
> >
> >As for theory, we all have our theories -- we have to have theories, as
> >Norman Holland points out. But I have personal experience of theories
> >controlling readings. A rigid theory limits the questions that are asked
> >-- and thus answered. Ronald Crane many years ago said the best criticism
> >is the one that asks the most questions.
> >
> >
> >Bill
> >
> >
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