Soft Eyes; Marxism, Surface, and Depth
Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group
Marxist Literary Group
© 2017 Mediations
Drawing on Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Raymond Williams, Jason Baskin argues that the perceived divide between “surface” and “depth” models of reading ignores the phenomenological relationship between the surface of objects and their forms. Readers should therefore approach texts with “soft eyes,” a way of reading that approximates the object in relation to the social totality.
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Vol. 28 (2), pp. 5 - 18