lundi 5 juillet 2010
Dominick LaCapra, HISTORY, POLITICS AND THE NOVEL, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1987
I do not believe in destroying canons ("canon-busting") if this means no longer reading texts that have traditionnally been included in them. Indeed, I think that texts included in canons have critical potentials often occulted in canonical readings of them and that it would be foolish to to neutralize these potentials through a quasi-ritualistic condemnation of canons. My approach questions the canonical uses to which certain texts have been put, and one of the incentives of its "noncanonical" readings is precisely to destabilize and contest such uses.