(un)common ground

a commonplace book

The Task of Literary Criticism

[T]he task of criticism is not to bring out the work’s relationships with the author, nor to reconstruct through the text a thought or experience, but rather to analyze the work through its structure, its architecture, its intrinsic form, and the play of its internal relationships.

Michel Foucault, “What Is an Author?” (1969)

While not a focal point of Foucault’s argument, I like the way he formulates the purpose of literary criticism. I especially think this applies well to my approach heretofore in regard to Star Wars, as evidenced in my recent essays explaining the coherence of the Anakinian sextuplet and its continuation in The Force Awakens.


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