, Volume 4, Issue 3–4, pp 111–136 | Cite as

Positivism, negational aesthetics and literary evaluation

  • George H. Szanto


Comparative Literature Literary Evaluation Literary Criticism Similar Text Literary Text 
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    It might be possible at this point to establish a relationship between pleasure and spatially describable stasis on the one hand, learning and temporal change on the other. The second of these two relationships seems, initially, easier to discern. Learning implies the acquisition of new information or the formation of new syntheses. In this respect a change of some sort is taking place, probably over a period in time. But whether this suggests, consequently, that pleasure is a function of stasis, that we are pleased when we see or read our previous thoughts, repeated unchanged and so reconfirmed, is a conclusion beyond my concerns here.Google Scholar
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    Einführung in die Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1968.Google Scholar
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    And, with new criticism, positivism once led the critic out of the eclectic jungle of associationism and back to the text.Google Scholar
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    Structuralism (trans. Chaninach Maschler), New York: Harper and Row, 1970, pp. 13–14.Google Scholar

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