Interesting comment. However, I don't think "objectivity" or "scientific" is an accurate description of my approach to understanding Homer. Haven't all readers at all times attempted to understand what it is they are reading?Paul Derouda wrote:I'm pretty much in agreement with Ahab that we should try to understand Homer as much as possible in his own context. But perhaps there is a paradox - perhaps this modern approach in itself, this idea of "objectivity", is a form of cultural appropriation, only one typical of the "scientific age"?
I think that after understanding what a text says then people can interpret it in different ways. Interpretation presupposes understanding. So one could make an allegorical or philosophical or scientific interpretation of a literary text based on their understanding of the text.
Perhaps we are more aware of the diversity of interpretations available to readers than earlier generations were? Am assuming this would be an issue that is dealt with in reception studies.
Have to admit I am rather ignorant of reception studies, so maybe I am being very naive in my approach here. In any case, am sort of thinking out loud here, so what I have written may not be making good sense.
Paul, I hope you don't mind me moving your post over into a new thread. Just didn't want to end up hijacking the other excellent one that Bart started.