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J. Hillis Miller. The Critic as Host not much of an argument. A certain notion of history or of literary his- tory, like a certain notion of determinable reading. The prominent Yale critic, J. Hillis Miller’s The Critic as host could be viewed as a reply to M.H. Abrams The Deconstructive Angel, which he. R ichard L. W. C larke LITS No tes 11B 1 J. HILLIS MILLER, “THE CRITIC AS HOST”Miller, J. Hillis. “The Critic as Host.” Theory Now and.

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It is an argument for the value of recognizing the great complexity and equivocal richness of apparently obvious or univocal language, even the language of criticism, which is in this respect continuous with the language of literature. It must constantly put its own grounds in question. Miller rejects this view and calls this image inappropriate. Does metaphysics enter the language-learning apparatus of each new baby born into that culture and shape the apparatus after its own patterns?

Catena means little chain, rings bound together in a series. Absence and Interpretation in The Waste Land. The first quote is from Booth and the second tue is by Abrams. Science Logic and Mathematics. On the one hand, the “obvious and univocal reading” always contains the “deconstructive reading” as a parasite encrypted within itself as part of itself.

Miller argues that deconstructionist reading is an essential and thoroughly naturalized ingredient in every reading, such that we cannot identify its presence. Inhe joined the faculty at Yale University where he j.hillis for fourteen years. Mauss described the critkc of giving into three stages— giving, receiving and reciprocating. Every gift is a ring or chain. The bread and wine used in the supper are consecrated and consumed. Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation. Miller rightly calls this multiple meanings a labyrinth reminding us of the Greek labyrinth.


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Then Miller takes up a citation by M. Marcel Mauss was a French sociologist. There is a common view ths a poem has a true original univocal reading and the secondary or the deconstructive reading is always parasitical on the first one.

Parasite was originally something positivea fellow guest, someone sharing the food with you, sitting with you beside the grain.

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Similarly to The Triumph of Life, the intertextuality in The Waste Land is abundant and the plurality of sources from which Eliot gleans references is vast. My citation of a citation is an example of a kind of chain which it will be part of my intention here to interrogate. But the text will always be a text. I just returned from my first experience of Court, at least in the sense of that word that applies to the University of Sussex.

The relation is a triangle, not a polar opposition. Poetics, Philosophy, and Religion. There is only deconstructive reading and it generates new meanings.

It reforms itself in each polar opposite when that opposite is separated out, and it subverts or nullifies the apparently unequivocal relation of polarity which seems the conceptual scheme appropriate for thinking through the system.

This line allows the reader to identify with the anonymous characters in The Waste Land, we read the poem with their same weariness. Part of the problem is that critics tend not to articulate the merits of their profession—the benefits of a culture of rigorous musical criticism are taken as self-evident, when to the casual bystander it can look like mean-spirited sledging. So far has been marked by an assortment of micro-scandals about the way that music criticism is written, from both inside and outside the profession.

Rene Wellek, a distinguished intellectual historian and critical theorist has written that Miller’s typically Derridean reference to nihilism as ”an inalienable alien presence within occidental metaphysics, both in poems and in the criticism of killer is a boast of Miller’s own ”allegiance to nihilism. It also means isomeric or polymeric to. Abrams The Deconstructive Tjewhich he presented at a session of the Modern Language-Association in Decembercriticizing deconstruction and the methods of Miller.


The Critic as Parasite

In the Dark A blog about the Universe, and all that surrounds it. History of Western Philosophy. This he plans to analyze in the present paper. Henry Sussman – – Fordham University Press. In fact, these notes to the reader of The Waste Land tend to be more confounding than helpful. The Waste Land now lies a quarter of a century back in time, but unfortunately it has proved that its catastrophic visions still have undiminished actuality in the shadow of the atomic age.

The word ‘parasite’ contains within itself its opposite. A host in the sense of a guest. Arguably every line in The Waste Land, either borrowed, quoted or written by Eliot takes meaning beyond the page. May it not be already that uncanny alien which is so close that it cannot be seen as strange, as host in the sense of enemy rather than host in the sense of open-handed dispenser of hospitality? Miller shows that each word has a reciprocal, antithetical meaning built in, that these words are all intertwined in their etymology.

Thedeconstructionist reading contains the obvious one and vice versa. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat This article is about the literary critic and professor of English.

The word ‘parasite’ originated etymologically from the Greek ‘parasitos’.