Re: The End of Literature
I'm not so impressed, Liam. It just seems like another romantic/nihilist english lit student pose. It's written like an english lit essay, and it's published in a magazine of english lit essays - an english lit student talking to english lit students.
It's all based on the unfounded premise that great literature arises only out of resistance to the status quo. It hasn't been true for most of the past 5,000 years (it isn't true of Greek tragedy or of Shakespeare, for example), and it only has a smidgeon of truth during the hundred years from 1830 to 1930, which is the period he's looking back on as his golden age.
The present is always complex, always incomprehensible, always in the process of becoming something out of reach. It's much easier to have faith in the tidied up, unchallenging past.
Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad. - George Bernard Shaw