Quotation by Marvin Mudrick

Hermeneutic, protactic, proairetic, aphanisis: the structuralists are obliged by their scientific consciences to use what they regard as a technical language... but they all hanker after the lost paradise of "ordinary language."...But it doesn't occur to them that "ordinary language" is another way of saying "literature"Mi.e., language that can never be translated into a technical language, theirs or anybody else's. Literature exchanges confidences with literature only, and scientific criticism is for the birds.
Marvin Mudrick (1921–1986), U.S. critic. Books Are Not Life But Then What Is? "Adorable Ideas and Absent Plenitudes," Oxford University Press (1979).
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