Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:50:44 +0000
McLuhan wrote a short review of Litz' The Art of James Joyce. (McLuhan, H. M. (1962). The art of james joyce (book review). Renascence, 14(3), 166.)
1962 being the year The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man arrived. McLuhan's first salvo is to say of Litz (as of Ellman and others as having a 19th century outlook but fashionably taking over the moderns. Litz not only dislikes Joyce, says McLuhan, but as well he doesn't get Joyce's art. McLuhan's playfulness exudes as when Litz complains that Joyce's "incessant revisions" might give understanding of his artistic aims or clues to his meanings,but that they do not. McLuhan is quick to note that Litz was looking for Joyce's point of view (POV being italicized signifying McLuhanisme at its best) and rounds off the issue by turning it back that Joyce was indeed after RE-VISIONS. The review concludes that Mr. Litz followed a fixed point of view which can have no relevance in a simultaneous electronic world.
Interestingly the Ottawa McLuhan Archive says that there are three items of correspondence in 1978 between the two. They're in my bucket list to get.
From: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Roxana Preda [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:36 AM
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Subject: Re: A. Walton Litz (1929-2014)
Thank you for this link Joshua, we'll publish a memorial of Walton
Litz in the next issue of the society magazine. If you'd like to write
a homage just get in touch with me at [log in to unmask] or with
Justin Kishbaugh at [log in to unmask]
Best and thanks again,
Quoting Joshua Kotin <[log in to unmask]> on Tue, 10 Jun 2014
> The scholar A. Walton Litz has passed away.
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