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As a founder and 10-year Director of our Women's Studies Program and
decades-long professor of Feminist Studies, I agree that is a wise choice.

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On Tue, May 22, 2018, 12:01 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I’d leave that to scholars.
>
> CR
>
> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 11:32 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Perhaps any exploring might begin with a serious reading of feminist
>> theory, history, and analysis.
>>
>> To apply a philosophical concept casually and inaccurately simply creates
>> confusion.
>>
>> I presume one would read a bit of Plato before discussing "Platonic" or a
>> few Existentialists before attributing that view to just anyone.
>> Nancy
>>
>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 10:58 PM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Well, an aspect that still needs to be explored.
>>>
>>> CR
>>>
>>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 10:28 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> It would be difficult to think of a less applicable word for Eliot than
>>>> "feminist." Feminism is a philosophical position, grounded in major
>>>> theoretical work going back at least to Mary Wollstonecraft: it is not a
>>>> simplistic notion of very occasional sympathy (intermixed with one of the
>>>> most misogynist images in all of literature in the Fresca of the
>>>> *Facsimile* "Fire Sermon" or the tendency to dismiss women writers
>>>> with the exception of Marianne Moore and Djuna Barnes for *Nightwood*
>>>> or a poem about strangling a woman).
>>>>
>>>> Putting aside even Wollstonecraft and DeBeauvoir and Rich and the
>>>> courageous women of the Suffrage movement, since *The Feminist
>>>> Mystique*, at least, scholars throughout the world have studied the
>>>> meaning and applications of feminism--the history and analysis is massive
>>>> now.
>>>>
>>>> None of that is simply an intermittent ability to show potential
>>>> empathy. And to claim the word, one does need to know what it is.
>>>> Nancy
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 1:08 PM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Was just thinking of the way Eliot empathizes with the plight of Lil
>>>>> apropos of her husband’s treatment of her, as well as Eliot’s depiction of
>>>>> the agony and travail of the rich lady in the opening section of A Game of
>>>>> Chess. In the Prufrock volume too there’re moving images of women from the
>>>>> low class whose life is no better than “sparrows in the gutters.” Does make
>>>>> a case for Eliot as a feminist.
>>>>>
>>>>> CR
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 11:59 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Gemma Cairney on Gender and T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’
>>>>>>
>>>>>> https://youtu.be/20B30J5ymV0
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> A welcome comment. Wish there was some elaboration vis-a-vis The
>>>>>> Waste Land.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> CR
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
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