Lit. Crit. (was: Re: More than you ever wanted to know (was Re: answers from Diana))

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Mon Jun 4 22:43:15 EDT 2001

On Mon, 4 Jun 2001, Melissa Proffitt wrote:

> For one thing, every book is a possible subject for literary
> criticism.  It's a lie that only the "classics" are worth studying. 
> People who say that science fiction, or romance novels, or Westerns,
> aren't valid subjects for criticism are unaware of the marvelous
> possibilities for study inherent in these genres.

Case in point: A postgrad student I know is doing her thesis on
Space Opera, a subgenre of science fiction often looked down on
even by people who don't look down on science fiction in general.

And it's fascinating.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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