OT: What is literary truth?

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Jun 7 15:11:59 EDT 2003

> > > >Are there differences in how you read extant texts and recent ones?
> > >
> > >I have never actually read a text that is not extant.
> >
> > So why did you make the distinction in the first place? It was your term,
> > not mine.
>Of course he can speak for himself, but I understood Philip to be
>distinguishing simply between 'producers of texts' (ie. writers) and
>interpreters of extant texts (ie readers). In which case 'extant' just
>refers to the fact that the text exists prior to the reader's reading it,
>but not prior to the writer's writing it.

Yes, this is what I thought he was saying, but then he turned around and 
said that it wasn't a valid distinction.

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