whatmean


From: Scott
C. Davis


To: Earl Jackson, Jr.

Re: What
do you Mean?

I’ve been trying to follow your threads in

the
seminar
, but only on a catch-as-catch-can basis; it looks fabulous
and,


as usual, outrageously
ambitious
. I’m also finding out how much I missed by


going underground last quarter; the suspense
fiction
course looks great


on-screen (I have not a few alumnae of that course).
BTW, „what
do you


mean?“
catches an ambiguity between conscious intent and unconscious
desire


(between a hermeneutics
of suspicion
and a hermeneutics
of intention
); some


students may not realize that the
two
(„I wanted to say,“ „I said but


didn’t say“) are related, but not coterminous,
and not mutually
exclusive


or exhaustive. In other words, „what you mean“ is not
teleological, which


some students find it easy to assume (in my limited experience),
and hence


read not as an invitation to dialogue, but as a demand
for explanation


(which is also why „Che
voui?
“ should be read not as the closure of the


circuit
of desire
, but as its disruption).

For more of Scott’s wonderful dialogues see:

Tracing

Madonna
in Hungary

Back to Trouble Shooting

To Syllabus

To The Plan

To the metapaidia

Write to

Earl
Jackson, Jr
.


tomrip5@aol.com

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Another Scene 

and

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