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I like things like prosody, grammar, and music theory because I like to look at how things work as systems.  I guess literary too, but not a...

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Last Formalist

That sounds a bit melodramatic, but almost everyone in my field does ideological criticism. So why do I cling to formalism? I've described the kind of work that goes on a lot, wherein the critic chooses themes and issues and then finds narrative packages (novel and film, less often plays) that illustrate those. I cannot get excited about doing such work myself. And shouldn't there be at least one of me?

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