[Marxism] Fwd: The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 25 06:34:23 MST 2016

In his stories, London simultaneously occupies opposing perspectives. At 
times, for instance, social Darwinism will seem to overtake his 
professed egalitarianism, but in another work (or later in the same one) 
his political idealism will reassert itself, only to be challenged again 
later on. London fluctuates and contradicts himself, providing a series 
of dialectically shifting viewpoints that resist easy resolution. He was 
one of the first writers to seriously, though not always successfully, 
confront the multiplicities unique to modernism. Race remains an acutely 
vexing topic in London studies. Distressingly, like other leading 
intellectuals of the period, his racial views were shaped by the 
prevailing theories of scientific racism that falsely propagated a 
racial hierarchy and valorized Anglo-Saxons.


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