--On Saturday, June 14, 2003 1:44 PM -0500 Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> one would also have to make those judgments more
> explicit: "Eliot conspicuously and deliberately refused to move beyond
> the dramatization in the Wasteland of a world made sterile by the
> absence of solidarity to an articulation of the possible grounds of
> solidarity, instead relapsing into a dessicated spirituality."
> That is ugly prose.
Amen. But that's no big matter. Back to making things more explicit, what
actually does the term "solidarity" refer to here; or do you mean that it
refers to nothing, as a meaningless catch phrase? It's looking like the
latter to me, but maybe you mean it more positively?
It is difficult to avoid stereotyped expectations in
> smoother prose. I assume that spirituality is a lame substitute for
> solidarity -- perhaps one should say, in fact, _ersatz_ solidarity.
i.e. ersatz nothing?