Reply to Cook

Matthew S. Tomaso (tomaso@UTXVMS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU)
Tue, 14 Feb 1995 09:36:15 -0600

I agree with 100% of John Cook's recent analysis regarding cultural studies
literature, deconstructionism and colonialism. I am still somewhat troubled
by the term 'post-colonialism' but I certainly do not shut out any opinion
because it calls itself 'post-colonialism'. The same is true for cultural
studies stuff (which is about teh only thing I read at the moment).
Although I also see John's point regarding the tendency toward verbal
assault in the case of Robert Johnson vs. the anthro-l hegemony, I have to
say that I think
MANY substantive criticisms WERE launched against Mr. Johnson's statements
early on, but that the entire fiasco has become similar to an American
Gladiators match as a result of oversimplification on both sides. Johnson's
sentiments are certainly appreciated from my point of view, but I, like many
others, fail to see his demands as representative of any kind of shared
reality or as representative of what 'the colonized' want.


Matt Tomaso
Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin