'The subject become really-real': Idealism and materialism in Laura (Riding) Jackson
Wright, Melissa A.
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Many of Laura (Riding) Jackson's critics have situated her thinking in a Cratylist opposition between words and things, or between objective, ideal forms and subjective meanings. I will argue that she is working from an altogether different opposition, one between idealism and materialism. In comparing (Riding) Jackson's texts to those of Marxist materialists, I will demonstrate both how her idealism persists throughout her career and how her treatment of various materialist worldviews ultimately shifts her thinking from an ascetic and anti-systematic idealism to a socially-constructive idealism. Her reading of Marxism as reductionist and her critique of reification in science and literature only serve to harden her idealist view.