Tuesday, May 12, 2009


It feels very weird to be complimented on your article by the actual author whose novel you analyzed. We repeat so often to our students that literary criticism is not about what the author "wanted to say" that it becomes next to impossible to see the writer as a real person. In this sense, it must be much easier to write about the authors who are already dead. Cervantes is unlikely to get upset about anything you might write about him.
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