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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Language About Language

Two quotes I used recently here to demonstrate very good and somewhat inadequate prose were both writing about writing. In my field, literary criticism, that's what we do, write about other writing. Not quite "dancing about architecture," because the medium of analysis and the material analyzed have the same substance. This means that the literary critic can easily bolster or subvert the argument being made by the mere quality of the prose. ("Mere." )

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