Is this a suggestion that the lit. crit. is something of a doxy (in both
What happens if a person is a dichter and a doxy?
Are we ruling out the critical essay as a creative form of writing?
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Subject: Re: OT - Plagiarism and Literary Criticism
> I like Carroll's somewhat irreverent definition of lit crit: This type of
"discourse" is a commodity -- an "elite-consumable" that (presumably) has
some value-added, "entertainment" component. Thus lit crit fits the
Benthamite ultilitarian calculus: just as poetry is of equal value to the
game of push-pin (in that both produce approximately equal pleasure in
different people), so is lit crit of equal value to said game.
> Maybe this helps explain the natural enmity between the creative writer
and the critic: the latter capitalizes on the creative work, and often
diverts attention from it -- or at least this was the case with
deconstruction, an era when criticism dominated over the text. Cf. Blake's
dichotomy of the Prolific and the Devourer (in this case writer vs critic;
in this analogy the critic devours the created work). -- Jim
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> Subject: Re: OT - Plagiarism and Literary Criticism
> I guess I should be clearer. My point is that publishing executives are
> _not_ literary critics. Neither are censors literary critics. Of course,
> "literary criticism" is a pretty sloppy concept, and I actually don't
> have the slightest idea as to what we should consider it to be.
> Something like the good SC judge and obscenity: he knew it (he claimed)
> when he saw it, but couldn't define it. I would think the most useful
> but imprecise characterization would be "public discourse on publicly
> available texts."
> Happy 47th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Vive Fidel!
> Tom Gray wrote:
> > From: "Carrol Cox"
> > > What relationship is there between Publishing executives and literary
> > > criticism? I don't see any relationship at all.
> > I suppose that this is part of the more general question of the
> > between literary criticism and the reader. Books that are not published
> > not be read.
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