Edward W. Said (1935-2003), Humanism and Democratic Criticism
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), p. 57:
Philology is just about the least with-it, least sexy,
and most unmodern of any of the branches of learning associated with humanism...
Id., p. 61:
For a reader of texts to move immediately, however, from
a quick, superficial reading into general or even concrete
statements about vast structures of power or into vaguely
therapeutic structures of salutary redemption (for those who
believe that literature makes you a better person) is to abandon the abiding basis for all humanistic practice. That basis is
at bottom what I have been calling philological, that is, a
detailed, patient scrutiny of and a lifelong attentiveness to the words and rhetorics by which language is used by human beings who exist in history...