On critical humility
Docherty, Thomas. (2009) On critical humility. Textual Practice, Vol.23 (No.6). pp. 1029-1043. ISSN 0950-236XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502360903361576
On critical humility argues for the importance of a critical 'receptivity' in the critic that aligns her or his resulting 'passivity' with 'passion'. Most existing critical modes operate by prioritising the critic's agency; but the position adopted here is that such agency can only be grounded in the critic's passion, a passion that marks not only humility but also humanity. The piece begins by considering the human as the laughing animal; and then relates this humour to an agency that is determined by something that provokes the body to laughter, something beyond the self. The logic is that autonomy, and the agency that goes with it, is preconditioned by heteronomy. Further, such a passivity is construed as basic to survival, and to the witnessing or bearing of testimony that is the critic's duty. Finally, the humble critical condition is aligned with love; and the essay reclaims the urgency of love as a condition of critical judgement.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Textual Practice|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 1029-1043|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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