File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2003/postcolonial.0309, message 109


Subject: Re: An Iraqi woman writes from Baghdad --rather Manly
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 15:22:27 -0400


Is this Eldorra again???


>From: "Clifford Duffy" <cliffordduffy-AT-hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: postcolonial-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU
>To: 
>postcolonial-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU,deleuze-guattari-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU
>Subject: Re: An Iraqi woman writes from Baghdad --rather Manly
>Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 05:40:13 +0000
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>--" rather manly"
>Dear Mona, in the west there is this big trip called P.C. or correct 
>politics. it is a monstrosity induced by an obligation sensed by a certain 
>class of people who feel the need to censor and entrap their ownspeech and 
>not let themselves express what is obvious to the majority of men and women 
>in the earth, to wit, that maniliness exists and is no crime; to these p.c. 
>readers when a person says manly as you did, they "interpret" in some 
>paranoid way what a text might allude to; note that I say allude, not 
>refer; that my dear Mona, is the beauty of text, it is allusive and not 
>collusive in paranoid readers' consciousness. Of course, I being your only 
>believer believe and know this because I am something that no longer 
>exists, at least according to certain French theoretical authors; I am 
>indeed an author. No matter how bad or good, I am an author. For instance, 
>I write these heavy laden sentences knowing full well some will be angered 
>and or indifferent to them. In any event,
>  I enjoy yer cool comments about how Iraquis speak English. I wish I heard 
>moreof them in my own country. Clearly we have deserted them, as we did 
>back in 1991 and so the West has done it again. Last winter while walking 
>in a  grand march against this "war" against Iraq I believed for a moment 
>that something would come of it.... Some thing perhaps has come of it/the 
>despair of nations/the despair of the movement ofthe People on the earth. 
>not the Multitude so called of Negri and Hardt, whose conceptions seem a 
>little naive to me-- not to say I do not think them lovely and wonderful 
>and hopeful, and even perhaps right.- but still naive, say in a way that 
>Kathy Acker's characters are not naive. One thing is for sure, it is true 
>that life is not naive, but just cruel, like love and everything else about 
>life. The sad thing about life is that there are no inborn rights to it, we 
>are born and the rest is it seems a bonus, a grab-you all, some 
>semiconscious failure to seize the mom
>  ent. I remember once I had an sort of l
>iason sexual with an Iraqui woman, this was in the mid 90's; Iraq seemed 
>far and the desert further, and the horror the West had committed against 
>Iraq was not what it is now// I remember mys heer joy atthe intensity of my 
>encounter with this Iraqui woman and her boldness and my awe at just the 
>fact she was Iraqui.It was like a whisper to me across the world. I still 
>believed in love back then, andin things. Now I do believe in love, but 
>nothe  world ofthings. Perhaps that is what writing is, believing in words 
>and not things. What it must be to be there, in that terrible city of 
>Baghdad where all this injury, death and injustice happens is a nightmare 
>beyond any of the rest of the world, and especially the Western world.
>Not to be an essentialist in the face of the onslaught of slaughter and 
>history is tricky. How does one become an historian or remain a poet in the 
>face of hell? one does not, one flees and becomes something else. What one 
>becomes I am not so sure.
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>I like prosopopoeia.
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> >Iraqi are usually very good in English. But, you brought a good
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> >point that I have not noticed before. It is true the "Girl"'s
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> >English and esp. American slang is very good. In these few textes,
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> >there is no Arabic interference, not even in the images she gives.
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> >Also, the text's voice seems to be rather manly. What do you think?
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