marxism's info text--PLEASE READ

Jon Beasley-Murray jpb8 at
Fri Mar 10 01:25:29 MST 1995

Here follows marxism's info text (minus a bit of stuff on current activity
and the archive etc.).  It has been only changed relatively marginally in
the eight months or so that the list has been in existence, so it is
pretty much the message everyone received whenever they signed onto this

As I said in my previous message, I would be happy if anyone had any
suggestions as to how it should be changed.  These suggestions could be
made privately, or they could be the subject of public discussion, if this
latter were felt to be important.  If there are any questions as to what
is meant by this message at present, I will also be happy to answer these
in private or in public.

Take care


Jon Beasley-Murray
Literature Program
Duke University
jpb8 at
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MARXISM is an electronic forum for discussion and experimentation rooted
in both the work of Karl Marx and, more generally, the tradition(s) that
work has inspired since.  MARXISM is an open list - all interested parties
are invited and encouraged to participate.

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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 other 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

However, list discussions need not be primarily "textual" and discussions
relating marxist theory to contemporary or historical situations are an
important part of list activity.

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 no orthodoxy on the marxism list!

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