Saturday, September 20, 2008

"What is amiss with old-fashioned modernism , from this perspective, is just the fact that it obstinately refuses to abandon the struggle for meaning. It is still agonizingly caught up in metaphysical depth and wretchedness, still able to experience psychic fragmentation and social alienation as spiritually wounding, and so embarrasingly enmortgaged to the very bourgeois humanism it otherwise seeks to subvert. But the fact that modernism continues to struggle for meaning is exactly what makes it so interesting. For this struggle continually drives it towards classical styles of sense making which are at once unacceptable and inescapable, traditional matrices of meaning which have become progressively empty but witch nevertheless continue to exert their implacable force". - Terry Eagleton

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