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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...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Perhaps it is a flaw of mine

to find my own ideas more interesting than those of other people. I'd like to be receptive, and I am to some extent, but I'm reading Rita Felski's The Uses of Literature. While admiring the stance she's taking, and agreeing with it, I just don't find it scintillating the way I do the company of my own ideas. Perhaps that's the problem of using "theory" today, where theory is often reduced to a few catch-phrases. I'd like to be excited by those phrases, but there's often little substance there, at least in the application to literary works.

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