The reason why “white male authors” & “boring white guy movies” are castigated has nothing to do with ideology & everything to do with the laziness of “critics” who need all art to be paced like an episode of The Office.
You learn this hermeneutic so that you can blackmail professors into giving you a pass for refusing to do the reading— that’s its sole utility in life.
I’m not doing the reading because it’s offensive to me that I was asked to— instead I shall explain why it’s counterproductive to do the reading when I could be scrolling my timeline & watching TikToks & “worrying about politics”
All you learn in school is how to min/max the grade/effort ratio— so naturally this hermeneutic is heavily incentivized because its 100 grade / 0 effort ratio is an infinite return of value.
You can have a 0 effort “definitive hermeneutic” of Thomas Pynchon by saying something about whiteness & maleness & penis — without even knowing what Pynchon is outside of a signification of these stereotypes lol
Don’t ascribe too much forethought to strategies derived from min/maxing the education system. The rationalizations are post-hoc from the basic utility of min/maxxing grades/effort. People hold onto them because they have “imposter syndrome”— like a Lit MA who hasn’t read Joyce.
A “film connoisseur” who can’t handle a Bergman film— a “media critic” whose cultural touchstones are nothing but contemporary streaming dramas— etc. The elimination of any sort of standard in favor of “response theory” is literally “reactionary” rule of “subjective intuition”
You never see these people championing some actual “difficult art” made from not-white people anyway— I don’t see people saying “Read the Palm Wine Drunkard” or “A Dream of Red Mansions belongs in the Classical Canon” etc.
Has much less to do with contemporary racial ideology idpol than it does a basic “chronophobia” of media that requires cultivating your hermeneutical imagination to fit an earlier time period— it’s a post-historical animalized loathing of the Historicized Snob.
The concept of a “personal history” is rooted in this (kojeve would call this a biological or “animal” history)— the notion that Human History & The Canon is the property of a specific class instead of a Universal Inheritance.
Personal or Animal History is “how does this vibe with my lived experience”— & not “how does this fit into the universal history of man developing in time”— narcissism is animalization, deer in headlights, endless recursive reflection of the self to the self, prey mindset.

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