J. Hillis Miller. The Critic as Host not much of an argument. A certain notion of history or of literary his- tory, like a certain notion of determinable reading. The prominent Yale critic, J. Hillis Miller’s The Critic as host could be viewed as a reply to M.H. Abrams The Deconstructive Angel, which he. R ichard L. W. C larke LITS No tes 11B 1 J. HILLIS MILLER, “THE CRITIC AS HOST”Miller, J. Hillis. “The Critic as Host.” Theory Now and.

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Comes from the Greek word, parasites. He is the son of J. Now, Miller goes back to the analogy he has been teasing his readers with: Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Harold Bloom has formed a concept of the anxiety of influence to clarify the indebtedness of poets of a generation to the older generations. Miller concludes thus his arguments on gift-giving and gift-receiving: University of Massachusetts, But both words are fissured [cracked, fractured] already within themselves.

It is one of the cardinal doctrines of deconstruction that Man is born into language.

Comprehensive Research and Study Guide: There is no parasite without its host. There is no parasite without a host. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

Hillis Miller’s Concept of Critic as Host | Literary Theory and Criticism

The parasite lives because of the host. FenlonMalcolm J. From this developed the two main modern meanings in English, the biological and the social. Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation.



The host feeds the parasite and makes its life possible, but at the same time is killed by it, as “criticism” is often said to kill “literature. Both belong to the same etymological root. Help Center Find new research papers in: The pursuit of meaning through the interpretation of the poem is also what leads to the hermeneutic loop, a process the reader engages in, in order to make sense of the poem in question, as Spears Brooker and Bentley develop: This line allows the reader j.uillis identify with the anonymous characters in The Waste Land, we read the poem with their same weariness.

It is the third element in the triangle.

This reasoning can be applied in hos different places throughout the Spears Brooker and Bentley demonstrate it, by taking the opening line to T. For example Shelley borrows from Dante throughout his poem.

The texts the author writes are inevitably influenced by other texts and their references. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nobel Media AB But as Spears Brooker and Bentley point out, the readers themselves are changed by this external digression: Henry Sussman j.hillia – Fordham University Press.

The prefix ‘para’ in the word parasite has j.hillix contradictory meanings. Is a citation an alien parasite within the body of its host, the main text, or is it the other way around, the interpretative text the parasite which surrounds and strangles the citation which is its host?

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In doing so, he addresses the discontinuity of the Western literary tradition in the modern era, but also transforms and strengthens textual remnants that memorialize it. A host in the sense of a guest.


Miller graduated from Oberlin College B. So far has been marked by an assortment of micro-scandals about the way that music criticism is written, from both inside and outside the profession.

Miller yhe that univocal and determinate meaning is impossibility and history is also impossibility. March Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Equivocal rather than univocal and most equivocal in. Miller, especially, has been attacked by some traditionalists for obscurantism and nihilism.

My argument is that the parasite is always already present within the host, the enemy always already within the house, the ring always an open chain. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy journals. And this perception, in turn, is rooted in the concept that music criticism is, fundamentally, parasitical: The gift is a thing mirrored, passed back and forth among these.

Az is only deconstructive reading and it generates new meanings. History of Western Philosophy. If the host is both eater and eaten, he also contains in himself the double antithetical relation of host and guest, guest in the bifold sense of friendly aa and alien invader.