People keep saying (to me, people have said it to me many times) that literary criticism is not a valuable discipline because it can’t predict anything. I fail to see the huge value of predictions – what am I, a pythia? – but it’s not true, either. Just now at the session I attended somebody told me that the trends in the female Bildungsroman that I said in my first book were going to appear did, in fact, begin to appear recently. And another person confirmed. Not that it’s that big of a deal (it’s a much bigger deal that people are reading my books) but still. 

2 thoughts on “Pythia”

  1. That’s great about your book and its predictions coming true. But I think that the people who make this negative comment about literary criticism mean that it doesn’t predict anything “important”–like something in the realm of politics or an historical event.


    1. Hey, have I been right or have I been very right with everything I said about the nation-state and fluidity? And let’s see how well it will all be replicated in 10 years.


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