valeries at YorkU.CA
Tue Aug 15 01:46:18 MDT 1995
On Aug 13, 3:15pm, Jon Beasley-Murray wrote:
> Subject: cultural studies
> I've always been surprised by the under-representation of cultural
> studies on this list.
Well I'm certain;y happy to see that others have observed this tendency.
> I see that there are easy criticisms to be made of much of the excess
> that cultural studies has spurred--myriad dissertations on how radical
> Madonna is, say. But there are such excesses in any field, and much of
> cultural studies, historically and also now, seems to me to be serious,
> useful attempts to analyze "everyday life," consumer culture, popular
> history, and so on.
> >From the Frankfurt School through Gramsci, via Williams, Thompson, Hall,
> Hobsbawm, the Birmingham School, Eagleton, and now the US
> efflorescence.... cultural studies seems to provide resources for
> thinking through topics that have appeared on the list such as
> subjectivity, identity politics, the role of the State. So, why not? My
> only guess is that cultural studies has become the marxist pariah,
Certain strands of cultural studies deserve to be the fodder of Marxist
pariah; however, there are strands of cultural studies which offer very
important insights into contemporary cultural and political life. I am
happy to see that someone acknowledges these insights - the task before us
now is to initiate such discussions - discussions in which we take the
insights of cultural studies seriously.
> claiming the radical ground for itself from English departments (though
> this is the case mostly for the US, not the UK) while forgetting both a)
> politics exterior to the academy and b) even real interdisciplinary work in
> the academy.
Not all strands of cultural studies have forsaken a politics exterior to the
academy and many have advocated transdisciplinary work (please note that an
important distinction should be made between interdisciplinary and
transdisciplinary work - the two are fundametally different - politically and
pedagogically speaking )
I personally would like to thank Jon for raising this issue and if
there is a hostility to cultural studies among the "Marxists" on this list -
I think that in itself would be fodder for discussion. After all, there is
something known as Marxist cultural studies!!!!
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