Tuesday, March 22, 2016


An Arid Activity

Douglas M. MacDowell (1931-2010), Aristophanes and Athens (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), p. 2:
Some modern critics ... consider their function to be simply to express their own reactions to the text. But this is an arid activity. Who wants to know the effect of a text on an individual modern critic? No doubt my personal reactions are interesting to myself, but your reactions may well be different, and there is no good reason for me to write, or for you to read, a book about my personal tastes.

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