“Literature’s most moral act”

“We do literature a real disservice if we reduce it to knowledge or to use, to a problem to be solved. If literature solves problems, it does so by its own inexhaustibility, and by its ultimate refusal to be applied or used, even for moral good. This refusal, indeed, is literature’s most moral act.”

-Marjorie Garber, from The Use and Abuse of Literature (Pantheon Books, 2011).

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