An examination of Humanist Hermeneutics in Literary Studies- the practice of close reading- but from a distance presents a room for relation between Literary Studies and other disciplines. Such practices lead to possibilities for renewed interdisciplinary exchange. Viewed within the framework of present day social constructionist theory or simply post- theory, the current essay Close but not Deep: Literary Ethics and the Descriptive Turn show how both Critical Hermeneutics and Descriptive Sociology disavow Traditional Humanist categories. This act reduces the singularity, canonization and the isolation of the text.
Although, it is probably true that the key Humanist Values always remain active and serviceable in Literary Studies. A belief in the potential Aesthetics and Ethical force of Literature is apparent in the work of critics like Cleanth Brooks, Lionel Trilling and others. It is not uncommon to find the ethical value inside the text and into the activity of the critic. The richness of human experiences within a text can be understood through philosophical hermeneutics on one hand and its communicative situation on the other. The considerate axis is on the exhaustive centrality of ethical demands which remains paramount to the practices of literary interpretation today. The specter of Descriptive Turn is perennial to get an access to both otherness and a message that text stipulates in an inverse form (looking at, from the other side of the situation).
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