"the production of new interpretations is the task of literary
study" (Culler, ix). Who studies the studiers?
Consider the historicization
of style, and the critic's approach to style as an archaeological
phenomenon. Keep close notes of who says what!
Each critic depends
upon a larger structure to make sense of the fragments of texts
which appear to her in books. How is this structure defined, recognized,
categorized? What does poetic language do, how does it function,
within the larger semiotic system? How does language relate to cuture
as a system of codes? Is a literary artifact meaningful in and of
itself or only with respect to the cultural/linguisic system in
which it functions?