new info sheet--PLEASE READ

Jonathan P. Beasley-Murray jpb8 at
Sun Dec 11 12:00:22 MST 1994

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Jon Beasley-Murray
Literature Program
Duke University
jpb8 at

Welcome to MARXISM.  Further, welcome to our new home at the IATH.  Please
read and save the following message.  You will want to consult it later!
It is in several parts: current activity, general, administration
possibilities, purpose of the list, and list 'etiquette.'  At the end of
this message, there are also some suggestions of further "Left" internet
resources.  If anyone can add to this list of resources, please inform
jpb8 at

**current activity (December 7):

Some stuff on the Birmingham School; some stuff on computers, the internet
and socialism.

It seem the plan to conduct a reading in the near future has been
shelved, at least temporarily.

Any suggestions for the list will be welcomed.  Jump in with what interests
you, and please introduce yourself.**

The list does not currently have a digest function (though we are working on
it), but it does now have an archive; please email jpb8 at for
further details.

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Purpose of the list:

The MARXISM list has been conceived as a place to explore the field of
textual and political production generated by the work of Karl Marx (and
Friedrich Engels).

Clearly, this field encompasses a diversity of differing traditions and
figures, from Lenin and Luxemburg to Williams and West; the complete A to Z
from Althusser to Zizek, one might say.  It is not the intention of the
moderators of this list that any particular tradition or orthodoxy should
receive more attention or more "allegiance" on this list than any other.
Indeed, the moderators see little particular benefit in calling themselves
"Marxists" and scarcely require participants in the list's discussion
necessarily to identify themselves as "Marxists" either.

Rather, the list should be a forum for open engagement and enquiry with all
aspects of these Marxist traditions--and we hope that this will be an
interdisciplinary engagement, bringing together historians, economists,
sociologists, artists, literary critics, philosophers and so on.
Furthermore, while it is anticipated that the list will be primarily
"academic" in nature, this is by no means meant to devalue or prevent
contributions from activists or others outside the formal educational

List discussion may range from exegetical discussion of particular texts
to creative appropriations of the texts across a variety of disciplines.
One purpose of the list is to conduct "group readings" of particular
works or passages from Marx and/or others in the Marxist tradition.  At
times, the list may seem quite focused on such readings, but they tend
to disseminate in a wide variety of interesting and unpredictable ways.
Also, MARXISM is always open for comments, inquiries and texts on any
subject related to Marx and/or Marxism.  Those engaged in research will
find the list members a valuable source of feedback and bibliographical

We particularly welcome contributions concerning the relations between
marxism and other liberatory thought, such as feminism, black studies,
queer theory, postcolonialism.  Constructive contributions from anyone
will be welcomed--there is not orthodoxy on the marxism list!

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disputation is the norm in politics, threads will not be interrupted
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and toleration of difference are to be valued above dogmatism (of
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