Re: RARA-AVIS: Lassie's social assumptions and other stuff

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 05 Sep 2006

You're missing my point, Juri. When a character tells a story is not the same as the author telling a story. Any apparent 'social assumptions' are those of the character. That much you can say. To make the claim that they are also those of the author may or may not be true but I don't see how a reader can tell simply from the text.


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  Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 9:26 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Lassie's social assumptions and other stuff

  Hey Al,

  how do you know what kind of social assumptions lie in the heart of COME BACK,
  LASSIE? They may very well be very intriguing, challenging or even Leftist.
  It's not really a matter of a genre.

  (I haven't read either LASSIE or YOU PLAY THE BLACK, so can't really say.)

  And I do think that you can see Michael Collins's social assumptions in his
  Nick Carters and Mike Shaynes.

  And Rob,

  yes, there were many Leftist or even outright Marxists working in Hollywood
  penning dozens of B movies in the thirties and fourties. I have a book on this
  (it's a Finnish book that should be translated into English immediately) and
  can check names for you, but I'd say it's an off-list thing.



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