(urth) Thecla's "Identity"
marcaramini at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 5 09:42:06 PDT 2013
I agree- new criticism (and historical criticism for valid context most of the time) are the most sound and applicable techniques.
I feel like the new critical approach would get the most out of Wolfe- meaning is reconstruction rather than deconstruction. For example, Reading e e cummings "anyone lived in a pretty how town" through that lens makes perfect sense, though words are used outside their normal parts of speech- meaning is reinforced rather than lost. Much of post modern thought is intentionally losing one self in a haze, getting trapped in the Cartesian circle with no egress in the absence of absolute parameters of signification.
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On Apr 5, 2013, at 8:07 AM, DAVID STOCKHOFF <dstockhoff at verizon.net> wrote:
They have their own abstract methods, and while they try to make those methods concrete, they also make them inflexible and blind.
> I always liked New Criticism because I could get my mind around a "perfect" but "perfectly flawed" structure, where function transcends form. But the French guys always lost me at some point.
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