“If we try to see and hear that which is not immediately comprehensible instead of insisting upon understanding it from the outset, it becomes easier to perceive a subtext, with its traces of the buried emotions, memories, associations that colour and shape consciousness. By focusing too exclusively on the intentional meaning of a text, we blot out its poetry, its capacity to stimulate the sensory power of lived experience.”

—Vicki Mahaffey, Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions

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