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By playing a race-baiting game with a colleague on university email, was
there some part of Spurr that wanted to be caught and exposed?  Could such
a motivation correlate to the Puritan humiliation emotion that Eliot
channeled from St. John of the Cross, Hawthorne, and others?

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, James Loucks <
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> A sad story, certainly. This and the Sony blowup underline the importance
> of reticence in emails, as they seem to be very hackable and leak-prone.
>
> I'm just now mining Spurr's very fine and thorough book on TSE and
> Christianity for material to add to my TSE database. Parenthetically, I
> note that he has made extensive use of Roger Kojecky's equally fine book on
> TSE as religious and social critic. Both books are exhaustively documented.
>
> Happy holidays to all. I'm glad to be back on the TSE list.  --  Jim Loucks
>
>
>   On Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:18 AM, "[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>" <
> [log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>>
> wrote:
>
>
> Difficult these days to distill the truth in many reports.  More difficult
> still to ascertain someone's intention.  Not offered as an excuse.  In the
> end we may have to rely upon the known facts--the resignation--and our
> senses of "possibility and probability."  [Easy guess whom I am echoing
> there.]  I hope this doesn't tarnish Eliot.  Or Oxford.  Or poetry.  Or
> Australia.
>
> Happy Holidays one and all wherever you are!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 20, 2014, at 10:00 AM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:
> >
> > Did any of you who think this is "sad" or "needless" read what he
> actually said? Did you think what that means for any student in his classes?
> > Faculty who say deeply bigoted and hateful things are what is sad, and
> they have no place in a classroom. Even he seems to have realized how
> extreme and wrong he was, since he simply accepted.
> > How many of you would sit in a classroom with someone who called
> Christians human rubbish tips or men pricks or white people honkies or
> Brits "the scum of the earth"? Doesn't that include some of you?
> > This kind of language is not a joke and not without terrible damage: it
> is the begining of patterns of cruelty--whether he engaged in it or not.
> When humans want to hurt and hate, they start with dehumanizing names. And
> it would get anyone in any university I have been in (four) dismissed.
> > I am astonished to see this treated as somehow a wrong to him.
> > Nancy
> >
> >
> >>>> Peter Dillane  12/20/14 7:34 AM >>>
> > He had his day in court last week suing the website but he settled on
> the basis they could keep up what was already up and they agreed not to
> publish any more so one might suppose there was more extravagant stuff to
> come ;  the next day he offered his resignation and it was accepted without
> comment
> >
> > Pete
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On 20 Dec 2014, at 10:18 pm, David Boyd  wrote:
> >>
> >> It is - a needless loss.
> >>
> >>> On 20 December 2014 at 03:43, P  wrote:
> >>> That's sad.
> >>> Peter M.
> >>>
> >>> "Rickard A. Parker"  wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11301481/Australias-first-professor-of-poetry-resigns-over-leaked-racist-emails.html
> >>>>
> >>>> The Telegraph
> >>>> By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
> >>>> 2:22PM GMT 18 Dec 2014
> >>>>
> >>>> Australia's first professor of poetry resigns over leaked racist
> emails
> >>>>
> >>>> Professor Barry Spurr, an expert on T S Eliot who helped to write
> Australia's school curriculum, resigns over controversial leaked emails
> >>
>
>
>

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