Magazine article Insight on the News

The Deconstruction of Martha Stewart

Magazine article Insight on the News

The Deconstruction of Martha Stewart

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It's likely that most every American has seen Martha Stewart, that doyenne of taste and style, commenting on TV about food or fashionable decor, even if they didn't always know it was she at whom they were looking. This lady is everywhere: cooking Thanksgiving dinner, making Christmas decorations--and always looking perfect, no matter how hard she works or how busy she might be.

But what most of us didn't know was that Madam Stewart was the subject of a special study at last December's meeting of the American Language Association, or ALA, whose interests were once language and literature but now is anything that advances the causes of the 1960s and casts doubt on American mores and traditional values. What's interesting are the queries the ALA put out among its members when it was seeking papers on Stewart, in whom it was interested only as a symbol of nasty "late" capitalism and pernicious imperialism. The scholars mentioned in the questions are big-time folks in the postmodernist pantheon, which means their work is (and should be) known only among American university types and their unfortunate students. …

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