OT: What is literary truth?
Philip.Belben at eme.co.uk
Philip.Belben at eme.co.uk
Tue Jun 10 03:47:52 EDT 2003
The tail end of a long argument, for the starting of which I feel bound to
Robyn> Are there differences in how you read extant texts and
Robyn> recent ones?
Minnow> I have never actually read a text that is not extant.
Robyn> So why did you make the distinction in the first place?
Robyn> It was your term, not mine.
[Philip interpolates] Actually it was mine, not Minnow's. I used the word in
an attempt to distinguish an existing text (being read) from one that was in the
process of creation (being written).
Charlie> Of course he can speak for himself, but I understood Philip to be
Charlie> distinguishing simply between 'producers of texts' (ie. writers)
Charlie> and interpreters of extant texts (ie readers). In which case
Charlie> 'extant' just refers to the fact that the text exists prior to the
Charlie> reader's reading it, but not prior to the writer's writing it.
Robyn> Yes, this is what I thought he was saying, but then he turned around
Robyn> and said that it wasn't a valid distinction.
[Philip Replies] I'm sorry if I gave that impression (I can't think where!). I
was actually trying to make exactly the distinction that Charlie has pointed
out. Thanks Charlie, for explaining it so well while I was away from the list.
Thanks too to Robyn, for explaining the mediaeval position. I think I
understand now why you saw my original post as "backward". I shall have another
look at my sources in the light of your clarification.
I must also apologise for not making clearer what I meant: not that the factual
interpretation was prevalent in the ME, merely that it started then. Although I
admit I hadn't realised until I read Robyn's posts how much at that date it was
contrary to general thinking.
I generally associate the factual interpretation with the so-called "Age of
Reason", but I feared that someone might pop up and say No, no, it is much older
than that. I therefore cited the ME as the earliest reference of which I was
aware. Obviously my cunning stratagem backfired! I shall try and explain my
ideas more clearly in future.
I hope this clears up this issue. In any case, I would beg people on the list
not to get into such heated arguments on my account!
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