GRE Reading Comprehension: JiJing 352-GRE阅读机经352篇 - H965HL5AK3VNSTC7K

The relevance of the literary personality – a writer's distinctive attitudes, concerns, and artistic choices – to the analysis of a literary work is being scrutinized by various schools of contemporary criticism. Deconstructionists view the literary personality, like the writer's biographical personality, as irrelevant. The proper focus of literary analysis, they argue, is a work's intertextuality (interrelationship with other texts), subtexts (unspoken, concealed, or repressed discourses), and meta-texts (self-referential aspects), not a perception of a writer's verbal and aesthetic "fingerprints." New historicists also devalue the literary personality, since, in their emphasis on a work's historical contexts, they credit a writer with only those insights and ideas that were generally available when the writer lived. However, to readers interested in literary detective work – say scholars of classical (Greek and Roman) literature who wish to reconstruct damaged texts or deduce a work's authorship – the literary personality sometimes provides vital clues.