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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Heidegger nevertheless gives a warning that we have to be cautious about the nature of language which is basically equivocal. Published by Killings7 May Microbial Manipulation of Host Sex Determination. Miller extends this analogy to language. The word ‘parasite’ originated etymologically from the Greek ‘parasitos’. It will be more helpful if you also give a short summary of this subject in a simple english along with this page.

The Critic as Parasite

Six Twentieth-Century Writers In the end, the reader cannot be certain of whether their interpretation is appropriate to the text, which makes the reading of The Waste Land a very personal reading experience. It is also the boundary itself, the screen which is at once a permeable membrane connecting inside and outside, confusing millef with one another, allowing the outside in, making the inside out, dividing them but also forming an ambiguous transition between one and the other.

Deconstruction is an investigation of what is implied by this in-herence of figure, concept, and narrative in one another. The jhillis text Shelley wrote more than four manuscripts of the poem is the ground for the new one.


In fact, these notes to the reader of The Waste Land tend to be more confounding than helpful. The example also provides a model—.

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Historian as Critic, Critic as Pluralist. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Log In Sign Up. The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism. Reasons for complexity and equivocal richness. Hong YouGeoffrey N.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Eliot is a cubist artist that offers the reader a collage of various fragments: There is a common view that a poem has a true original univocal reading and the secondary or the reading is always parasitical on the first one. Thedeconstructionist reading contains the obvious one and vice versa. The texts the author writes are inevitably influenced by other texts and their references.

Deconstruction serves the double purpose of making sense of the text, but also of making sense of the criticism in light of the specific text.

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Retrieved 27 January The bread and wine used in the supper are consecrated and consumed. As a result, the interpretation dissolves, and the original item in the poem returns to the center of focus.

Mauss said that gift has magical properties as the person who gives it gives a part of himself. From toMiller taught at Johns Hopkins University. Criticism is dependent on the artist and what they create, not the other way around. The complexity and equivocal richness resides in the fact that language is basically figurative and metaphorical j.hhillis hence it cannot represent reality directly and immediately.


Miller rejects this view and calls this image inappropriate. If the poem is food and poison for the critics, it must in its turn have eaten. Holt one of the characters looks at a picture where an ivy plant is clinging to ohst oak tree. From this developed the two modern meanings in English —— the biological and social. Every gift is a ring or chain. Given the many commas in this line, the reader too will be breathing through short and infrequent sighs, like those of the weary people going about their daily lives.

Eliot includes multiple external references; the lines in the poem have multiple interpretations. Gifts always imply reciprocity.

Absence and Interpretation in The Waste Land, Harriet Davidson suggests that the multiple characters in the poem are, in reality, just multiple facets of Eliot himself within his poem: Remember me on this computer.

To receive or give a gift is a profoundly dangerous or equivocal act. The parasite is destroying the host. The poem is the food and hkst two readings, both univocal and equivocal, are fellow guests near the food.

Eucharist is a Christian ceremony or sacrament commemorating the Last Supper. He had a convoluted relationship with the British romantic poet.