Monthly Archives: February 2011

The problem with Marxism

. . . is that there is one explanation for every problem: real conditions, and the assumption that the material base is knowable. From notes: Society should change, but it shouldn’t affect me; Marx’s utopia has nobody at the bottom; … Continue reading

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Eagleton’s list

(a) the process of production of meanings, signs and values in social life; (b) a body of ideas characteristic of a particular social group or class; (c) ideas which help to legitimate a dominant political power; (d) false ideas which … Continue reading

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notes toward annotations

Ideology –structure the approach according to a few theorists on ideology? How to organise it around Althusser? Add nuances? Off the top: Klein; Jameson for sure. (Especially Jameson on Utopia) Here’s Eagleton: Whenever one is pondering the meaning of some … Continue reading

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in medias res

From class notes: for a bit of psychoanalysis on utopia And I will attribute the following words to EC, as they are probably a mix of paraphrase and some direct quotations, perhaps with my own intermittent responses. (re: Lacan) . … Continue reading

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is today?

Today I called myself a writer. Or at least, I responded “Yes” when a woman asked as she vacated a table that I wanted by the window. Now I feel self conscious sitting in the coffee shop with this pretentious … Continue reading

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a cankerous notion

This is a decluttering post to declutter my mind, which is unfocussed today, like a blurry pond that I would swim in if it were not so mucky and bleak. a. I dropped my one seminar and, being that it … Continue reading

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Discovery

After searching the bedroom, the living room, the study, the bathroom, all the coats, all the packs, all the baskets, all the bookcases again, and after admitting to myself and out loud that my beautiful expensive Prada sunglasses were lost, … Continue reading

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