Re: Books for course on electronic texts

Steve Finley (Finley@TTDCE1.COED.TTU.EDU)
Mon, 14 Oct 1996 10:38:15 +0000

>From Tom Maddox:

"The pomo theory stuff I often find ugly, pretentious, and deluded, to tell
the truth. Words such as problematize, hegemony, aporia; goofball
constructions on the order of con/pre/de/teXtualization re/con/inversion
(cha cha cha); labored puns; brain-boggling syntax; ritual invocation of
sacred names; generally, a sense that one is being addressed by a Master of
Major Arcana--oh well, I do go on, and I'm being cheerfully unfair, but the
hell with it; I began struggling with with this stuff in the late '70s, and
I feel I've earned a little attitude."

This says what I've been thinking far better than I've been able to,
esp. about the insipid use of language that I suppose these people
think is so devastatingly clever.

Thanks, Tom.