File spoon-archives/phillitcrit.archive/phillitcrit_1998/phillitcrit.9803, message 43

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 23:20:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: PLC: [H-BLOOM] Western Canon University

At 09:53 PM 3/13/98 -0600, you wrote:
>To respect James Joyce is not tantamount to conservatism.

Right -- check Manganiello, _Joyce's Politics_, for highly detailed evidence
from Joyce's correspondence etc. that in his 20s he was big-time into
Italian  socialism. After he turned thirty, he started thinking day-to-day
life was challenging enough -- but a generically liberal bent shows up in
the political ideas that appear in places in Ulysses. Most of the early
American promoters of Joyce studies in then 30s were Marxists, though not
doctrinally correct in all regards from a theoretical Marxist perspective,
and certainly not CPUSA party-liners.

Sometimes I suspect that there is always a group left and right of center in
every 19th and 20th century culture that is trying to prove its own
superiority by asserting one particularistic worldview and set of rules is
OK, and everyone and everything else is inferior and must be cast into the
outer darkness.

Greg Downing/NYU, at or

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