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marmalade modernist
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i'd further qualify that because in British left politics there at least always was a tradition of hard and serious thinking, even a fierce auto didactism going all the way back. This wasnt seen as culturally conservative and it's difficult to tie up with the left modernism that post war made for the national theatre, for instance One of the reasons i was always being bawled at when first on the net was owing to the fact that my disposition is left/modernist, but to the majority US academics i met, modernist = right wing, and my "literary politics were etc etc " this (to me) was an imported academic freight - whether Brits shipped this kind of thing to the Us only for the US to despatch it back again is a whole other thread, but -it certainly got in the way of thinking and said more about their lenses than it ever did me
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Claudio Magris · Continental European writers