9906RE: [mythsoc] Mythopoeic Lit. Criticism Manual
- Aug 4 3:47 PM
>I can sympathize with those who think Post Modernica is a Straw Person. If ISince I haven't seen the play, I cannot comment on that, but I am sympathetic
>didn't know way too much about this stuff I would think so too. But I repeat
>what I said in the intro: I have actually had PoMo scholars say to me (with
>a straight face) every word that came out of Post Modernica's mouth.
to what Donald Williams is complaining of. One of my favorite moments while
doing graduate work in Comparative Literature came when I asked the professor
I was studying with whether he thought what a French Postmodernist was saying
"was true": "Merely to ask such a question as that of 'truth'", he said,
"shows that you are still caught up in the metaphysics of presence." Well,
that certainly put me in my place: truth is not what we're after!
The theory class with him was one of the strangest I had ever experienced: it
was impossible to challenge any of the theorists by argument; many students
raised questions about the validity and even intelligibility of the theories,
but this professor would simply turn to one of the two students who had all
the postmodern jargon down pat and solemnly call on them answer; we all soon
discovered that this was his method of humiliating anyone who raised questions
into compliance--or at least silence. There was a very definite "language
game" being played.
I am now finishing my dissertation in a Ph.D. program, but sadly I can't say
that these types of experiences have been untypical.
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