Friday, May 14, 2010
The Power of Primary Texts
When I was young there were people who bragged about not reading primary texts. Really, though, a knowledge of the primary texts is what gives your theoretical work its power. The theoretical mentality that sees texts as mere exempla for theoretical concepts is profoundly mistaken. All of a sudden complexity fled literature to inhabit theory. But what was the source of theory's complexity if not literature itself?