The article challenges the allegedly undoubtable validity of interpretation in literary studies. As it appears in practice, interpretation draws the reader's attention away from the actual literary piece, renders it subordinate to other, 'non-literary', domains of knowledge, with the result that literary studies undermine their own value, losing their separation and autonomy. The assumption behind the essay is that the identity of literary studies may only be restored by focusing on the subject proper, i.e. literature - any methodological questions proving of secondary import.
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