J. Hillis Miller. The Critic as Host not much of an argument. A certain notion of history or of literary his- tory, like a certain notion of determinable reading. The prominent Yale critic, J. Hillis Miller’s The Critic as host could be viewed as a reply to M.H. Abrams The Deconstructive Angel, which he. R ichard L. W. C larke LITS No tes 11B 1 J. HILLIS MILLER, “THE CRITIC AS HOST”Miller, J. Hillis. “The Critic as Host.” Theory Now and.

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But it is a return with a difference, a difference made by the process of crotic to interpret. Margarida Cadima 12 Eliot takes the external reference, adapts it to his text, thus also adapting the meaning of the said reference to fit his own text.

It is a parasite, feeding on the substance of the old text.

Both belong to the same etymological root. Then Miller takes up a citation by M. The word ‘parasite’ contains within itself its opposite. Miller shows that each word has a reciprocal, antithetical meaning built in, that these words are all intertwined in their etymology.

Miller replied that univocal and determinate meaning is impossibility and history is also impossibility. This article is about the literary critic and professor of English.

Abrams cites Wayne Booth’s assertion that the “deconstructionist” reading of a given work “is plainly and simply parasitical” on “the obvious or univocal reading. On the one hand, the “obvious and univocal reading” always contains the “deconstructive reading” as a parasite encrypted within itself as part of itself. He borrows his words often throughout the poem, but does not always credit him in his notes. There is a common view that a poem has a true original univocal reading and the secondary or the deconstructive reading is always parasitical on the first one.


Each previous link in the chain, in its turn, played the same role, as host and parasite, in relation to its predecessors. But the author learned to write by reading texts by other authors.

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John j.illis November at Thedeconstructionist reading contains the obvious one and vice versa. The word ‘parasite’ originated etymologically from the Greek ‘parasitos’.

The melancholy and sombre rhapsody aims at describing the aridity and impotence of modern civilization, in a series of sometimes realistic and sometimes mythological episodes, whose perspectives impinge on each other with an indescribable total effect. In Reading The Waste Land: It is also the boundary itself, the screen which is at once a permeable membrane connecting inside and outside, confusing them with one another, allowing the outside in, making the inside out, dividing them but also forming an ambiguous transition between one and tbe other.

Hillis Miller’s Concept of Critic as Host

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Arguably every line in The Waste Land, either borrowed, quoted or written by Eliot takes meaning beyond the page. The parasite lives because of the host.

The Critic as Parasite

Deconstruction cgitic an investigation of what is implied by this in-herence of figure, concept, and narrative in one another. Modernism and the Limits of Interpretation. Eliot in Poets of Reality: Hillis Miller cautions the reader to the oscillating implications of word meanings, which eventually lead him to ascertain that: The Task of the Critic: Similarly to The Triumph of Life, the intertextuality in The Waste Land is abundant and the plurality of sources from which Eliot zs references is vast.

Still Climbing the Ladder to God.

The new poem needs the old texts and must destroy them. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century: These critics are in the odd relation of one another as host and parasite.

The Poem as Gift. In this chain there is always something earlier or something later to which any part of the chain refers. It simultaneously signifies proximity and distance.