Sunday, December 28, 2008

Writing as Illusion

I am not a writer, perhaps in a few years I will be. Until then, you are welcome to study with me: This is part of what I have been reading today.

Daryll Anderson. Writing as Illusion:

Traditional literary aesthetics can clarify the murky status of originality and honesty in nonfiction. Analyses that specifically apply to poetry and fiction apply equally well to ordinary expository prose, though people rarely apply them. Many aids to writing recommend originality and honesty in essays, and many readers try to evaluate essays by these criteria, but true originality and honesty do not fit in good writing. At the same time, writing must appear original and honest. This illusion the writer controls through a conventional literary persona.

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