>>> James Caron <[log in to unmask]> 02/15/00 10:08PM >>>
No one could disagree that <over> analysis of a literary text is a bad
thing, but the romanticizing of an anti-analysis view strikes me as
equally bad since it poses as having no "analysis" when in fact it always
does. Even appreciating the "beauty" of a rainbow projects a culturally coded
attitude about natural phenomena that is different from another cultural
attitude that sees not beauty but the power of the Rainbow Goddess. How
more so then is necessary the <judicious> use of analysis to understand
and thus appreciate deeply something made by a human hand in a particular
time and place. Sure--one doesn't wish to destroy the pleasure of the reading
of MT: he still makes me laugh. But... I do ask myself why that laugh
So the truth is that the frog has to be dissected and that it never can
be killed (a sign of the power of the Frog God, eh?).
P.S. The analogy of humor as a frog that dies when dissected is not
from an MT quote but is from E. B. White's "Some Remarks on Humor."