Sunday, November 14, 2010

Literary Criticism at its Best

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Finally, behind all that is written in this essay rests the conviction that engaged literary criticism takes a position and argues for it. It argues for what it thinks, and says so clearly and accessibly, forming what it thinks into a coherent whole. Engaged literary criticism defends its position. In the view of literature taken here-- seeing form as world, form as meaning--all resonating in theme, literary criticism is most fully engaged, meaningful and resonant when it grapples with form as world. For that fight brings the critic to the very heart of literary meaning, in which form and content are one, which is to say, to literary texts’ very nature and very essence.

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