Orwell and Jameson, together at last (fwd)

Bryan A Case godwin at umich.edu
Fri Aug 12 16:14:53 MDT 1994


Sorry - I think I meant to send this message to *this* list.  Confusion
on the left once again...


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	"Then what am I to die for?" the old man asked.
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 1994 18:10:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: Bryan A Case <godwin at umich.edu>
Subject: Orwell and Jameson, together at last


Okay.  I've gotten my books out (a pleasant reading of Benjamin's essay on
the subject helped) and have found the quotes:
	Speaking of ressentiment... "This diagnostic double standard,
which will furnish the inner dynamic for a whole tradition of
counterrevolutionary propaganda from Dostoyevsky and Conrad to Orwell, is
thus immediately relevant to the double ominous status of Richard Mutimer
as proletarian intellectual, and serves as a legitimation for the
gratuitous cruelty with which this character is structurally punished."
			-THE POLITICAL UNCONSCIOUS, Cornell 1981 pb, 202
	"Indeed, the great political novels, UNDER WESTERN EYES and THE
SECRET AGENT - as powerful counterrevolutionary tracts in their own ways
as the masterpieces of Dostoyevsky or Orwell - emit the message of
ressentiment (and its role as the true source of all revolutionary
vocation) so obsessively that they betray their own inner dynamic: the
concept of ressentiment being, as I have observed earlier, itself the
product of the feeling in question."  (268)

	As far as I can tell Orwell doesn't show up in MARXISM AND FORM
or POSTMODERNISM.

--Bryan A. Case a/k/a Bryan.Case at um.cc.umich.edu a/k/a godwin at umich.edu--
	"I have come to die for your sins," Jesus told a stooped figure
passing him on the road.
	"Then what am I to die for?" the old man asked.
	Jesus took a small notebook from his pocket and copied the
question.  "If I may have your name and address," he said, "an answer
will be sent to you."
				-A.J. Langguth, JESUS CHRISTS




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