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Reading Literature After Deconstruction By Robert Lumsden

Chapter 1:  What Happens? What Is to Be Done? A Paean to Bricolage
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Reading Literature After Deconstruction

Chapter 1

What Happens? What Is to Be Done? A Paean to Bricolage

I must create my own system, or be enslav’d by another man’s.

—William Blake (“Jerusalem”, “The Worlds of Los”, inscription with plate 10)

1. The Model

Is autonomy in reading possible? By what strategies might we notice when our responses are being shaped by external influences?1

Recently, I acquired some software which tells me when the information stored on my computer is in danger of degrading. Is there a corresponding operation the reader might perform on himself to discover whether or not he has been corrupted?