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Shock Treatment

Posted By Alex Belth On August 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Bookish,Creative Process,Links: Biography | Comments Disabled

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From Letters of Note [2] comes this 1961 letter from Flannery O’Connor to a college English professor [3]:

The meaning of a story should go on expanding for the reader the more he thinks about it, but meaning cannot be captured in an interpretation. If teachers are in the habit of approaching a story as if it were a research problem for which any answer is believable so long as it is not obvious, then I think students will never learn to enjoy fiction. Too much interpretation is certainly worse than too little, and where feeling for a story is absent, theory will not supply it.

[Picture by Linden Frederick via Zeroing [4]]


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[2] Letters of Note: http://www.lettersofnote.com/

[3] this 1961 letter from Flannery O’Connor to a college English professor: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/08/i-am-in-state-of-shock.html

[4] Linden Frederick via Zeroing: http://bronxbanter.tumblr.com/post/28982162515/zeroing-linden-frederick

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