Re: RARA-AVIS: Lassie's social assumptions and other stuff

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 06 Sep 2006

Cain's a more obvious example re homosexuality, but I absolutely agree. You wouldn't say: I see criminal themes in Chandler's work, the author was a criminal. So why make other inferences?


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Michael Robison
  Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 11:55 PM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Lassie's social assumptions and other stuff

  Allan Guthrie wrote:

  To make the claim that they are also those of the
  author may or may not be true but I don't see how a
  reader can tell simply from the text.

  Personally, I prefer to talk about what a book says,
  and pretty much avoid discussing what the author is
  trying to say. The first concerns my interpretation
  of the book, something I can reliably talk about. The
  second is making guesses about the authors thinking.
  I prefer the first.

  This is significant. If I see homosexual themes in
  Chandler's work, then I see homosexual themes in
  Chandler's work. The other way, I'm suggesting that
  Chandler is homosexual. There is a world of


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