sorry, busy busy building a web page!
i'll get back to you though!
At 12:06 PM 11/23/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>Kelley, why don't you reply to me? At least let me know that you have got
>my private messages but decided not to reply. At any rate, I am (and
>cannot) defend Butler against Nussbaum's charges, having never read
>anything by Butler (I have not kept up with Spivak's work either). I think
>you will notice that I also shared some skepticism towards the arguments
>Nussbaum made in the NR criticism, though I do share her concern of the
>eclipse of detailed institutional critique (and I certainly think the name
>calling of Katha as a left conservative was wholly unjustified and
>mean-spirited; and it was than academic not to invite her to the
>conference in which so called left conservatism was critiqued). At the
>same, I do see Butler--if Nussbaum's summary is accurate--giving some kind
>of expression to the way many gays and lesbians have made and so make
>sense of their lives and oppresion. This may be a disabling perspective,
>and that's why asked: if not Butler and Foucault, then who (Nussbaum's
>Butler critique reminded me of Charles Taylor's famous essay on Foucault)?
>We need to be careful that a critique of Butler does not leave those who
>have embraced her with no way to go forward. That's my concern.