The limitations of theory

Today Terry Teachout quotesfrom Flannery O’Connor’s “letter to an unnamed teacher”:

If teachers are in the habit of approaching a story as if it were a research problem for which any answer is believable so long as it is not obvious, then I think students will never learn to enjoy fiction. Too much interpretation is certainly worse than too little, and where feeling for a story is absent, theory will not supply it.

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