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2009-02-01 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm not seeing immediately why there'd be a difference between reading a book like Huckleberry Finn and knowing that the narrator's views on slavery are all wrong, and reading this one and knowing the narrator's views on the place of women in society are also outdated? Unless you're saying that we can read HF without our modern perspective and still know there are other perspectives on slavery?
I had a feeling I wasn't expressing myself with my trademark claritude, and I'm not sure how clariciously I was thinking, either - but what I was trying to get at was that even at the time HF was published it was possible (and presumably intended) for the reader to say - 'Yup, I recognize where Huck's way of thinking comes from', but also to question the assumptions that he gives voice to - and it was possible
in the very society that Huck himself inhabited
. Whereas to see the narrator of
's views as 'outdated' would already suppose that we're looking at them from the point of view of our own world - since from the point of view of her own her views are bang up to date. So, finding a position from which to perceive her unreliability (in this regard) necessitates being 'thrown out' of her world - or leaving it voluntarily - in a way that isn't necessitated in order to think about Huck's.
I'm not sure whether that point was worth making, but such as it is, that's what I meant!
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