Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Literature and Spiritual Nausea

Kyle Cupp discusses Michael D. O'Brien's Harry Potter-induced "spiritual nausea."

1 comment:

Melanie B said...

"O'Brien takes what I call a fundamentalist approach to symbols. For him, the connection between the literal meaning and the figurative meaning of a symbol must be maintained. The image of a dragon, for example, must be used as an image of evil. No exceptions."

Well put. I think that states rather succinctly what disturbs be about O'Brien as a critic. I subscribe to the school of thought that a symbol is an "inexhaustible well of meaning" (and now I can't remember who said that).

Interesting that his fundamentalism doesn't hurt his art.