Re: RARA-AVIS: The definition of literature

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 02 Nov 2007

mrt wrote:

...How about we just discuss "books" or "texts"? Let's leave the larger masturbatory metadiscussions in the hands of those who can profit by them. This list deals with a large genre (crime fiction) and its various subgenres. It does not deal with the meaning of life or the endless possibilities, classifications and critical approaches to "any text".

Sorry to disagree with authority's "not" here, but-well, of course it does. One cannot discuss texts intelligently while placing certain aspects of them or what they touch, however potentially tangential, off limits. That's fandom, not discourse. (Maybe the meaning of life has something to do with a pack of rabid deconstructionists biting an enemy ass while Hammett's niece watches?)


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