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Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Hitchens's version of the war dance that asks for the death of academic jargon, of which MacLamity just can't enough and for which he always falls:
"'The question of gender is a question of language.' This statement is Barbara Johnson's . . . and her succinct formulation of the relationship between gender and language does much to characterize the approach of a group of feminists who draw upon the discourses of poststructuralism.''
What, apart from its brevity, is ''succinct'' about an assertion -- not at all a formulation -- that asserts both too much and too little and that proves nothing?