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The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts, even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars ...
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear--and even, in certain respects, would be--the most modern of crit ...
Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
Literature ... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which ...
Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say ...
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