Critics talk all the time, in academia and outside of it, about material, about wanting to be more grounded in “materiality.” I suppose, for me, the attention to the sentence is exactly what it would mean to be a materialist critic. So it’s not that an attention to the sentence, an attention to language, an attention to style, are a diversion from content, or from history, or from the political. But actually, this is the material. This is the level of materiality at which we ought to be working.
Friday, November 02, 2018
… A Desire for the Sentence: An Interview with Brian Dillon - Los Angeles Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)