Thursday, April 17, 2008

Against Theory

This question is one I have often pondered and I think this article has some serious implications. It is very accurate in the fact that it highlights the ability of the individual to have their own personal interaction and reading with a text. Literary theory is problematic because it hinges on the individual experience and is therefore open to argument and refute. With the position of the field of literature today it seems that any theory and any ideology, as long as it is well argued, is theoretically possible within the text. This presents a problem, since there could be an almost infinite possibility of readings of any text. Any theory could be applied to any text and since authorial intent is no longer of concern or regard to the interaction of the individual with the text almost any reading could be applied. I do not necessarily agree with the article, yet it does bring about very relevant and important issues dealing with the literary field today.

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