Close But Not Deep: The Use Of Richness In Love’s Literary Ethics And The Descriptive Turn

1602 words - 7 pages

Heather Love starts her essay, “That there is perhaps no term that carries more value in the humanities than ‘rich’. In literary studies, especially, richness is an undisputed - if largely uninterrogated good…” (371). She uses the word rich and richness multiple times since it is connected with interpreting and deep reading, but the critic loses richness, when he practices surface reading.
Love asserts at the beginning of her essay, “richness signifies qualities associated with the complexity polyvalence of texts and with the warmth and depth of experience” (371). One of the definitions of richness is, according to the OED, “Abundance of some good constituent; lushness; depth, fullness” (“richness”). She acknowledges that texts, which exhibit depth and fundamental principles, have intrinsic value. The texts that are associated with richness usually have multiple meanings and are open to a number of different interpretations, yet the texts should also exhibit human experience. There is a whole science around the richness of a text, called hermeneutics, which means “The study or analysis of how texts, utterances, or actions are interpreted” (“hermeneutics”). Different methods of evaluation the depth of a text have been applied.
The “hermeneutic activity –the practice of close reading” (373) is what Love evaluates next. The practice of close reading became the framework of hermeneutics in the early 20th century and has been the foundation of text evaluation since then, no matter what different literary approaches and cultural changes were present, since “the richness of texts continues to serve as a carrier for an allegedly superannuated humanism”(373). Her own assertion regarding the interpretation of texts can be interpreted in several ways, she says the humanism is “superannuated”, which means it is aged and should be retired, yet she says it is only “allegedly” so. Either humanism is old or it is not; this in-between is an ambivalent and therefore rich position to allude to.
However, she asserts that in the new century new approaches to traditional hermeneutics were developed with the help of digital computational powers, such as Moretti’s “distant reading” (374), where he “refuses the richness of the singular literary text in favor of the production of knowledge on an enlarged scale” (374). Moretti looks upon patterns in large volumes of work; therefore, he draws his conclusions through deductive reasoning, instead of coming to general interpretations from inductive reasoning. Love then says that Moretti “sacrifices richness – and turns it into data”, which leads to being able “to observe literature as a vast geographical and historical system” (374). It might be that new maps and connections could be found, but if the richness is missing, then there must be depth in interpretation missing as well. People live in a three-dimensional world and compress literary works into two dimensions in order to make them flat. This seems a step backward,...

Find Another Essay On Close but not Deep: The Use of Richness in Love’s Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn

The Classification of Descriptive Ethics Essay

1997 words - 8 pages frequently ascribed to as metaethics, is perhaps the most complicated of the three to comprehend. In fact, some philosophers don’t agree as to whether or not it must be contemplated a nonaligned quest, justifying that it should alternately be included beneath Normative Ethics. However, it is spoken about so often that it has earned its own discussion here THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ETHICS, VALUES AND NORMS. Values Values are the regulations by which we

The Richness of Olive Oil Essay

2208 words - 9 pages visit, I bring an empty moisturizer bottle and siphon small quantities from his perpetually stocked collection. According to the experts, olive oil can be kept for up to two years as long as it is stored out of direct light to prevent rancidity; sunlight destroys it. Olive oil left in the refrigerator will turn opaque and appear fermented. The cold does not actually hurt the oil, only solidifies it. Unlike wine, olive oil does not improve with age

Edgar Allan Poe's Use of Descriptive Language in The Pit and the Pendulum

2170 words - 9 pages in the hope of catching some faint ray of light." (GTPEAP, 300) Here the dungeon is not only taking a physical toll on the narrator but a mental one as well. Through Poe's description, the reader can tell that the narrator is most likely moving about very feebly and slowly and is probably terrified at every sound. Poe most commonly used his descriptive language in illustrating the setting. Take the following lines: "The intensity of the

The use of Ethics and Law in Journalism

2005 words - 8 pages . In the case of the St Kilda scandal with schoolgirl, Kim Duthie, that caused a massive stir with AFL agent Ricky Nixon. If this story was viewed from a pragmatically objective approach for journalism ethics, she is held responsible for all the drama caused but its not portrayed as reliable, it can be interpreted different ways and certainly analysed. It can be analysed by looking at her actions as to why she did what she did. This could be looked

Stevenson's Use of Literary Techniques in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

974 words - 4 pages Stevenson's Use of Literary Techniques in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde In his novella "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", Robert Louis Stevenson explores the dual nature of Victorian man, and his link with an age of hypocrisy. Whilst writing the story he obviously wanted to show the people of the time what happened behind closed doors. In Jekyll's suicide note he makes the following observation " I have observed that when I wore

Stevenson's Use of Literary Techniques in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

3642 words - 15 pages Stevenson's Use of Literary Techniques in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tells of how a scientist abuses his knowledge so that he can become another being but the double he becomes is one that cannot be directly blamed for his crimes and actions. Throughout the story Stevenson uses many different literary techniques to convey how the characters feel. These

Zindel's Use of Literary Devices in The Pigman

1055 words - 5 pages Bobo, the baboon had died, and does not move. The foreshadowing is a very important element that keeps the reader guessing while giving them little hints to keep them interested. He uses it as a hook to hold your attention so that you cannot stop reading. In conclusion. Paul Zindel uses the literary elements symbolism and foreshadowing to express the theme, true maturity can only be attained when one forsakes the thoughtlessness of

The Use of Literary Techniques in "My Papa's Waltz"

581 words - 2 pages reader.Theodore Roethke manipulates our emotional response to the poem through a number of literary conventions, some of which play on the conventions of a waltz. Waltzes are not technically difficult dances, and they are set to lighthearted, easily accessible music. It is a dance in which couples sway back and forth as thy go round and round. Our emotions and sympathies go the same way in this poem: the speaker carefully orders his images to

Protecting Miles and Flora in The Turn of the Screw

2040 words - 8 pages sexual topics. Locking away the manuscript for years serves a metaphor for the way in which Victorian society “locked away” not only sexual topics but children were also “locked away” in the sense that they had little freedom in such a small village as Bly, within the metaphors of a gothic fiction. Therefore, I think that “The Turn of the Screw” has been written as a gothic fiction because James intended to create fear and tension. Although

The Road Not Taken and Neither Out Far Nor in Deep by Robert Frost

1954 words - 8 pages conclude by suggesting a positive answer, such as "The Road Not Taken" does. However, "Neither Out Far Nor In Deep" represents the opposite end of the spectrum, dealing with the harsh questions of life, but offering no consolation or conclusion. The latter format in Frost's poetry is the rarer of the two among his extensive collections of poems, and which is the reason I chose one of each type. "The Road Not Taken" is one of Robert Frost's

The Overlooked Richness of the Recitatives of Bach's Cantata 78

3000 words - 12 pages noted in his article, Bach's recitatives indeed prove unique and intricately linked to his text. Through his music, Bach shows how recitatives can be not only patterns of sung speech but marked soliloquies full of pathos where characters reveal to us their souls. Bach's close attention to narrative modes and to the relationship between the sinners and Christ demonstrates a remarkable sensitivity to the text's delicate form. As the sinners wander

Similar Essays

This Is A Biography Of Washington Irving. It Is Not A+ Material, But You Cannot Always Turn In Perfect Papers. It Gives A Full Description Of His Life But It Is Not As Vivid And Deep As It Could Be

1110 words - 4 pages admitted to the bar; but preferring literature, he gave but little attention to the practice of law.His first literary effort appeared in the form of a satirical miscellany, entitled "Salmagundi," published jointly with his brother, William Irving, and J. K. Paulding, in 1807-8. This publication gave ample proof of Irving's talent as a humorist, and prepared the public mind for a favorable reception of his next effort. "The Knickerbocker History of

?Literary ?Value? Is Not Inherent In The Text But Is

1421 words - 6 pages ?Literary ?value? is not inherent in the text but is produced by the institutions of society, especially the education system. Thus the text is not only ?produced? by its writer, it is ?re-produced? by society?.? Literary value can be determined by the relevance a piece of literature has to an audience. The determination of whether this relevance falls solely within a text, or on the other hand is somewhat universal in its context and thus

This Is A Paraphrase Paper Of A Scene In Daisy Miller By Henry James. The Paper Not Only Paraphrases The Scene, But It Also Delves Deep Into The Thoughts Of The Characters And The Author

1149 words - 5 pages imitation of one. He cannot however overlook Giovanelli's good looks, therefore settling with the notion that indeed he was the only gentleman of the two and he could do nothing but resent Daisy for not being able to distinguish a real gentleman from a 'clever imitation.'Winterbourne thus returns to his ultimate question about Daisy's true nature. He reflects upon Daisy's actions in an ineffective attempt to understand her. While she did make a

"When You Look For Truth, Do Not Use Your Eyes, But Look Inside Yourself, For There Lies The Truth."

1378 words - 6 pages of the work based on previous conceptions and perceptions we have.An interesting aspect of truth that only artists and writers can explore is fiction. Although fiction, by definition, is not true, when looked at oppositely of how the quote says fiction could become truth. "When you look for truth, do not use your eyes, but look inside yourself, for there lies the truth." This would suggest then that a charicature of an alien could in fact be based
Marvel's Agent Carter | Qatar Riyal | Blu-ray movies