Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Bauerlein, Mark. " The Remarkable Turn of E. D. Hirsch." CHRONICLE BRAINSTORM August 2, 2008.
Back in the 1960s, after publishing a book on Wordsworth, Hirsch published several essays in literary theory that became tokens of a certain outlook on interpretation. (It is noteworthy how many mid-century theorists wrote important essays and books on Romantic poets as they were crafting their ideas — Hirsch, Cleanth Brooks, Robert Penn Warren, Northrop Frye, Earl Wasserman, Geoffrey Hartman, Paul de Man, and Harold Bloom.) His works “Objective Interpretation” and Validity in Interpretation were key statements in the initial phase of Theory (around the years 1965 to 1975), and they were taken as the significant position contrary to that of “undecidability,” “aporia,” and other poststructuralist and postmodern uncertainties. . . . Read the rest here: http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/bauerlein/the-remarkable-turn-of-e-d-hirsch.