—Jonathan Culler, from Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature (1975)
I’m pretty much in agreement with everything in the above, except for that last assertion. Can’t take one very far? On the contrary, I know one critic – our latter-day R.J. Sherrington – it has taken all the way to the New Yorker.
But wait – Culler didn’t mean professionally, did he. He meant intellectually.