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Intellectual Jousting in the Republic of Letters
 David Naseby, Les Murray, 1995

Les Murray believes that the rural point of view is one that is systematically left out of academic attention to the various species of otherness, complaining of his early experience “of being relegated and scorned, as a country bumpkin, an uncultured yahoo, all that sanctified anti-rural prejudice that goes right back to classical times and which no antidiscrimination law or postcolonial rhetoric ever protects you from—so to hell with those.” Murray’s complaint is not that the urban academics do not value otherness enough, but that in their limited daytime consciousness they are unable to appreciate what is really at stake in being other. I probably value New Left prose and arguments a good deal more than Murray does, but I also appreciate his defiance of the prevailing left ideas about the forms otherness can take.

"The Poetry of Les Murray", Justin E. H. Smith
David Naseby, Les Murray, 1995

Les Murray believes that the rural point of view is one that is systematically left out of academic attention to the various species of otherness, complaining of his early experience “of being relegated and scorned, as a country bumpkin, an uncultured yahoo, all that sanctified anti-rural prejudice that goes right back to classical times and which no antidiscrimination law or postcolonial rhetoric ever protects you from—so to hell with those.” Murray’s complaint is not that the urban academics do not value otherness enough, but that in their limited daytime consciousness they are unable to appreciate what is really at stake in being other. I probably value New Left prose and arguments a good deal more than Murray does, but I also appreciate his defiance of the prevailing left ideas about the forms otherness can take.

"The Poetry of Les Murray", Justin E. H. Smith

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