Re: New Topic?

Caroline Osella (Caroline.Osella@DURHAM.AC.UK)
Thu, 24 Mar 1994 12:01:20 +0000

Is there a difference in traditions/intentions between:-

(1) Locating meaning and authority within the original text; we are then
critics/commentators on the text (I'm thinking specifically of
Ayurveda, Sanskrit religious texts, Tamil poetry, the work of Marx), and;

(2) Locating the production of meaning and authority outside of the
text, i.e. in the hands of the writers who synthesise and use the text
as part of their own agenda/thought/argument?

Would (1) tend to prefer (acually to require) direct quotes, where (2)
would prefer (easier to re-interpret, misrepresent, synthesise one
meaning, one reading, hence persuade) paraphrase?