The Comparatist Harry Levin on French Theory

[Said’s] mentor Harry Levin tried to check his enthusiasm for French theory, which, as he put it, ‘does not truly aim at the understanding of literature, but at deriving metaphysical paradigms from authors by superimposing certain abstractions supported by quotations taken out of contexts’

LRB Adam Schatz 6.05.2121, p 26

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