Literature

On Interpreting Literature

The Conflict of Interpretation Partisans in the conflict of interpretation adopt different positions over what literature ought to be studied, and with what comes why and how. There’s no claim to objectivity here, which is fine since the conflict is a clash of subjectivities. But, even among the subjectivities, evidence is still important when interpreting literature; and evidence doesn’t come pre-packaged with a theory of reading. Evidence is more straightforward in scientific writing; where a hypothesis or question is stated at the beginning; where there’s a prescribed structure of introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion; where legitimacy depends on analysing…

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