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  1. Sep 2015
    1. It is in the significant silences of a text, in its gaps and absences, that the presence of ideology can be most positively felt. It is these silences which the critic must make 'speak'. The text is, as it were, ideologically forbidden to say certain things; in trying to tell the truth in his own way, for example, the author finds himself forced to reveal the limits of the ideology within which he writes. He is forced to reveal its gaps and silences, what it is unable to articulate. Because a text contains these gaps and silences, it is always incomplete.

      Macherey's Theory of Silences

    2. On the contrary, it is in the nature of the work to be incomplete, tied as it is to an ideology which silences it at certain points. (It is, if you like, complete in its incompleteness.)

      What would the New Critics say about this? (You don't need to read this section, but we will discussing in class.)

    3. Preface v

      Worth reading!

    4. 3 The writer and commitment 1 8 4 The author as producer 28

      Not assigned!

    5. 2 Form and content 10

      This is worth reading if you have time.

    6. 1 Literature and history 1

      You only need to read this!!

    7. I find the comments of both Althusser and Macherey at crucial points ambiguous and obscure

      Probably like a few of my students are currently finding YOU, Terry Eagleton.

    8. it allows us to 'see' the nature of that ideology, and thus begins to move us towards that full understanding of ideology which is scientific knowledge.

      Art helps us see ideology. I LOVE THAT.

    9. Louis Althusser

      We will read him soon. I TOTALLY HEART LOUIS ALTHUSSER! Except for the small matter of the fact that he killed his wife. Bummer on that.

    10. It is not a matter of reducing the poem to the state of contemporary capitalism

      Got it?

    11. 'vulgar Marxist'

      Try to figure out what a "vulgar Marxist" is (it's not good). What kind of a reading does this kind of lame, simplistic critic do?

    12. Literature may be part of the superstructure, but it is not merely the passive reflection of the economic base.

      I love this.

    13. So glad that you all found this key sentence!

    14. 'sociology of literature'.

      be prepared to explain what this is and why Eagleton thinks this is a lame kind of Marxist criticism...

    15. There is nothing academic about those struggles, and we forget this at our cost.

      I like this-- powerful....