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5 years, 1 month ago
"[T]he speaking of language is part of an activity, or a form of life."
- Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
Today is the 150th anniversary of the origins of Alice in Wonderland
. A century-and-a-half ago today, Lewis Carroll took a boat trip with the Liddell family, and told the children a story. Alice Liddell asked him to write it down. He started the next day.
To celebrate, follow me down the rabbit hole and listen to Shabcast 7 - here
A special one, this. I'm once again joined by Josh Marsfelder (of Vaka Rangi
) and for the first time by the wonderful Jane
of many fames. We watch (and chat about) the neglected 1966 Jonathan Miller TV version of Alice in Wonderland.
A forgotten masterpiece. Well, maybe not forgotten... but not exactly remembered either.
This podcast had various titles before I settled on my final choice: 'Alice Narrates Herself'. It was going to be called 'Cobwebs on the Tea Urn', then 'Mock Turtles all the Way Down', then 'Pig Latin'... I even toyed with a facile but amusing 'Shabcast Madness Returns'. I eventually settled on a title which reflected something myself and my ...
5 years, 6 months ago
I very much enjoyed the latest episode
of the Pex Lives? Podcast, which looks at 'Paradise Towers'. During it, Kevin and James' guest Jane (of achairforjane?
and many fascinating comments - and an amazing guest post
- at Phil Sandifer's blog
) suggests a Marxist reading of the story in which the Rezzies are the consumerist bourgeois who ascend a few levels via the system which later consumes them. Totally valid and satisfying reading. (And I'm grateful for the lovely shout-out, as always.)
I think, however, that it illuminates a certain interesting ambiguity about what constitutes a 'Marxist reading' or a 'Marxist analysis'. I know Jane and the Pex Lives boys already know this, so this isn't in any way
meant as a criticism of any of them, but I think a 'Marxist analysis' would really have to constitute more than finding some way in which aspects of the narrative function as an allegory of some aspect of the class struggle. I hold my hands up: that's often what I do here, and it doesn't really cut the mustard.
To do that is to bring Marxist categories to a text, but still to treat ...