Garden [voice crying out] in the wilderness

Geoffrey Hartman:

“One might speculate that what we call the sacred is simply that which must be interpreted or reinterpreted.”

“If we turn from religion, philosophy, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and so forth to literary criticism, and acknowledge its separate status, it is because we need that garden in the wilderness. Though freer and more visionary than most admit, literary criticism directs us to objects that are clearly there, clearly human clearly finite — perhaps, as Valery surmised, abandoned by the author rather than complete, yet therefore available for the finding we call interpretation.”

–from ” Literary Criticism and its Discontents”