Lucky

I’m discovering that the best theoretical writing on fluidity / postnationalism is being done by scholars of Basque literature. And believe me, I’ve looked everywhere. Since Zygmunt Bauman’s death, I’ve done nothing but look. And until I got into the Basques, all I found were the inane bleatings about how the erosion of the nation-state is about to bring immediate liberation and extreme wonderfulness to the oh-pressed.

I want to credit myself with an inhuman intuition and an intellectual potency of uncommon proportions and claim that I was drawn to the Basque studies because I intuited that the peculiar nature of Euskadi as a nation without borders that is not a third or second-world country positions it perfectly as a place where insights can be generated.

But that’s not even remotely true. This was nothing but a fluke.

Of course, now I’d have to start making an argument that the tiny Basque Country nobody knows about is a source of important ideas about fluidity, and nobody will want to hear it. But screw that. I’m having fun.

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9 thoughts on “Lucky”

  1. When you have time, may you share some names and books, please? I read Bobbit’s book and would love to read more.

    Obviously, a few review-type posts would’ve been fascinating too. I remember your series of posts about fluidity and nation-state, which many readers were interested in. 🙂

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    1. For now, I’m just happy somebody is at least grappling with the issue. Literary criticism on this subject is impoverished to the point of producing nothing Slate-type thinking laden with academic jargon. Look at the book a reader linked earlier today. It’s a retelling of Graeber’s “debt is bad; nobody is obligated to repay it” idea and applying in to a couple of novels. That’s the extent of the scholarship on crisis literature. I mean, I’m happy that somebody at least is noticing the crisis literature. But can you at least try to do something but reproduce childish slogans? Jeez.

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      1. Now she’ll get the MLA prize and I won’t even though my book is a million times better. And it’s not only because I’m not in a hegemonic field. It’s because I’m not ideologically circumscribed by the PC mantras.

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        1. Wouldn’t she have been eligible last year because her book was published in 2016? Or this year at the latest given the Nov publication date?

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