Stanley Fish on the Uses of Literary Theory

From The Chronicle, 15 May 2011:

“You do this kind of work simply because it’s the kind of work that you like to do, and the moment you think you’re doing it to make either people or the world better, you’ve made a huge mistake. There’s no justification whatsoever for what we do except the pleasure of doing it and the possibility of introducing others to that pleasure. That’s it!”

Read the full essay here.

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