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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Against Theory

The argument over authorial intent and meaning of the texts is ongoing. I agree to some extent with the authors that these two items which are usually separated, should not be. The cycle of the author taking into account his or her events and surroundings feeds into his works, which plays a role in the author’s intentions. Even in pieces like Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman where Soyinka explicitly states at the beginning of the play that the piece is not about colonialism, we can see a post-colonial influence. However, I do not see how we can interpret a piece if all of our tools of interpretation are removed. We the readers bring our own interpretations to the text. Our own surroundings influence how we interpret a piece that was written by a person who themselves were influence by their surroundings.

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