I was quite taken aback by the passions that minstrelsy unleashed on the
Woolf list. I think I and others simply weren't aware of how sensitive the
topic can be in the U.S. Of course, I found it unfair that Woolf should be
taken to task for being similarly unaware in her writing. But since that
episode, I've decided to be very cautious about the topic when communicating
with an American audience. This means: no gratuitous references.
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From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2002 2:10 AM
Subject: Re: Some language is beyond the pale
> I continue to enjoy the your wit; it is excellent.
> You are a wry scamp indeed. Given your remark about
> her highness, the royal Woolf, below, who had her own
> witty things to observe about Eliot, such as his four
> piece armour (aka suit), do you not think it curious
> that when we discussed TAMBO and BONES a couple of
> weeks back, to do with SWEENEY AG., that there was,
> so far as I could see, no hint of unacceptability
> in the discussion of mintstrels. Or was there perhaps,
> some euphemistic cowardice involved?
> Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
> Dept. of English
> Camosun College
> 3100 Foul Bay Rd.
> Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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