The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1540  Monday, 21 August 2000.

From:           Andrew W. White <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 18 Aug 2000 22:29:13 -0400
Subject: 11.1511 Re: Marx and Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1511 Re: Marx and Shakespeare

At the risk of creating a bizarre tangent -- I have lately taken to
thinking about the fictive aspects of ideology, particularly as they
play out in philosophical tracts, etc. -- Plato's theory aside, I find
ideology to be an imaginative process in some sense, and the
spelling-out process (on paper) to be highly performative.  Marx, for
instance, was a highly talented prose stylist -- and the Manifesto is
not the only instance of his flair for the dramatic when expressing his
ideological stance.

We seem to be stuck in this grammatically-driven bind, in which 'art is
ideology,' or in general 'this is that' necessarily connotes dominance
or even ownership.  It might be more interesting to explore how ideology
and art, instead of being at odds, exist in a relationship that is more
symbiotic than either ideologues or artistes would care to admit.

Andrew White
Arlington, VA

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