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The Literary Work Is Not Its Text

From: Philosophy and Literature
Volume 11, Number 2, October 1987
pp. 307-316 | 10.1353/phl.1987.0060

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The Literary Work Is Not Its Text
Susan Wilsmore
Polytechnic Hatfield


1. Nelson Goodman and Catherine Z. Elgin, "Interpretation and Identity: Can the Work Survive the World?", Critical Inquiry 12 (1986): 568.

2. Nelson Goodman, Languages of Art (London: Oxford University Press, 1968), pp. 112-23. Hereafter abbreviated LA.

3. Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse (London: Hogarth Press, 1927; New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1927).

4. For the distinction between criteria and symptoms, see Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue and Brown Books (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964), pp. 24-25.

5. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, trans. G.E.M. Anscombe (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1958), p. 41, para. 88.

6. Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty, trans. Denis Paul and G.E.M. Anscombe (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1969), p. 51, para. 401.