Ihab Hassan Quotes


Universal violence compels the language to be mute . . . . Silence is not only a metaphor of Hemingway's work; it is also the source of its formal excellence its integrity.

Unknowingly we plow the dust of stars

The (post) structuralist temper requires too great a depersonalization of the writing/speaking subject. Writing becomes plagiarism; speaking becomes quoting. Meanwhile we do write we do speak.

Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see the ear can hear.