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I shall also—towards the end—have something to say about the case of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses (1988), since the attack on Rushdie by religious fundamentalists bears a striking resemblance to Spinoza’s treatment at the hands of orthodox thinkers, Christian and Jewish alike. ) It is one main argument of this essay that literary criticism has developed historically alongside the efforts of Enlightenment thought to combat the forces of religious prejudice, unreason and dogma. Critical theory—the handiest coverterm for a range of competing schools and ideas—could scarcely have emerged in anything like its current form without this background history of brave endeavour on the part of Spinoza and other such liberalizing thinkers.

What occurs in these transactions is a complex process of typological adjustment where reading is at once constrained by the codes of some existing ‘interpretative community’, and allowed sufficient scope to negotiate the gap between past and present modes of understanding (see Charity, 1966). In periods of relative stability there will emerge a prevailing doctrinal consensus which sets the basic terms for debate and effectively excludes any marginal or deviant reading. At other times—epochs of religious or political upheaval—this consensus will often break down to the point where all manner of novel interpretations arise and the ground-rules are changed to accommodate the readings, rather than the other way around.

You may know a term by the company it keeps. Phrases such as ‘the best imaginative literature’ and ‘the value of literature in personal life and development’ (Cox, 1988, p. 27) show the persistence of the traditional values; and the instrumentality, the social role envisaged by the committee which produced the report, is quite evident to anyone who cares to analyse the context of educational/political practice. The processes and values involved are easier to understand if one drops ‘Literature’ and simply talks about literary texts, their structures and their many roles in social practice.

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