Stop Theorizing And Start Writing

Honestly, I hate literary criticism.  It's useless.  I am a writer.  As a lover of fine, brilliant world literature and a (hopefully) novelist herself, I can appreciate what it means to create a work in the art of letters.  Not only do writers sometimes (I would argue, often) not fully understand the implications of their work, sometimes they write without knowing what their intent was.  We write from the soul, and that's a medium that we could scarce begin to analyze.  So why do literary critics believe that they have the authority to write about the work of another, or to claim that the author must have meant such and such, and that this passage must mean so and so.  When many a time not even the brilliant author can tell you exactly what the work means, how could some stranger begin to?


Instead of worrying about what Kafka meant by allowing Georg to commit suicide, and whether Charlotte Bronte was trying to be Jane, or whether the Underground Man represented Dostoevsky himself, critics need to take up their pens and write their own art. 

 

Theorizing is a waste of time.

areuwired areuwired
18-21, F
1 Response Feb 10, 2010

Good point; it's true that theory adds to the dialogue or conversation that centers around a particular text. But I get annoyed when theorists claim that they are experts of some sort, or that they think they are "right" to think it. I agree with you, that people have the right to interpret, but I still feel that the relationship that an author has with his or her creation is unique and intimate and that he or she has a better chance of wholly understanding his or her work because it is in fact a representation of the author. When an author doesn't recognize this, it creates the situation I mentioned in my post, where we as authors don't understand the intent of our work because we fail to realize that it's a part of us, perhaps a part of us that we had never known was there. Thanks again for your insight:D