Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, December 23, 2011

Harman on Literary Criticism

I've just had the pleasure of reading Graham's essay for New Literary History. I'm not going to put any spoilers here but let's just say that

1) Graham could easily have been in an English department if he'd wanted to.

2) He outlines a stunningly simple form of OOO literary analysis that is remarkably similar to how I've been teaching my “how to read a poem” classes since 1995.

This method could easily be taught in grade school, which is more than can be said for most contemporary approaches to literature. It is both simple and profound.

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