Literary Theory And Queer Theory Essay
By vacuum I am referring to the way Formalists look at the text and only the text, regardless to the outside world. Bennett and Royle address this in An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory when they state the following:
“literary texts belong to no particular time, they are universal and transcend history: the historical context of their production and reception has no bearing on the literary work which is aesthetically autonomous, having its own laws, being a world unto itself [emphasis]”, (117).
For Formalists, literary texts exist outside of history, therefore there is no need to look at the historical context; the meaning of the text can be found directly on the pages of said text. Because literary texts are said to exist in a world of their own, Formalist critics like R. S. Crane argue that a text can be understand in any age and…