New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies
Edited By Laura Benedetti, Julia Hairston and Julia L. Hairston
The Narrow Door: Luisa Muraro 7
The Narrow Door Luisa Muraro Leaving women who speak my language and know me in order to meet women and men from a distant and unknown (or rather, poorly known) land is difficult. 1 Yet it is also a wonderful opportunity for the life of the mind. The two are not unrelated. I have come to tell you of a thought born in a different context from this one. We all know that context participates in the genesis of thought. Yet will I be able to communicate my thought to you faithfully? Are you in a condition to judge it? And will I know how to understand your response? The challenge of universality is to give thought a form that will allow it to be communicated independent of its context. But this is not my task. In fact, I do not believe it is possible to communicate thought independent of context. And I tend to think that the challenge of universality gets resolved, in the end, through power and domination. The relations between the modem West and non-European cultures lead me to think so. My task is another. Although I realize that my words might seem silly to you, I have faith in two things: our being here together and your need for thought. Being together creates an immediate contact (one not mediated by verbal language) that in tum fosters the more sophisticated verbal communication. Your need for thought moreover will lead you, at least I hope, to take something...
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