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Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 12:16:13 -0500
Subject: Re: 


>>>>If modern thinkers didn't effect and change the way we read earlier
>>>>thinkers, I don't suppose we'd bother reading the latter at all.
>>>
>>>Why do you prioritise the modern literature over the more ancient and not
>>>the other way around?  The correct priority is the other way around.
>>>
>>>Jenny.
>>>
>>>
>>The fact of the matter is that there is no correct priority.  This is very
>>phallic thinking for this list.
>>
>>Paul Allen Miller
>>Director of Comparative Literature and Assoc. Prof. of Classics
>>Program in Comparative Literature
>>University of South Carolina
>>Columbia, SC 29208
>>803-777-0473
>>
>>
>But Mr Miller, this is precisely my point: that to interpret form the
>poststructuralist perspective you will tend to prioritise the contemporary
>over the ancient.
>
>Do you have any way out of this dilemma?
>

I'm a classicist by training and I find the dialectic between
poststucturalist thinking and ancient texts very enlightening.  It is
important to remember that Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, and Irigaray all have
significant readings of ancient texts.  I just completed an article on The
Classical Roots of Poststructuralism, so I don't really see a conflict.

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Paul Allen Miller
Director of Comparative Literature and Assoc. Prof. of Classics
Program in Comparative Literature
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-0473




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