The New Mutants
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"The New Mutants" (1965) is an essay by Leslie Fiedler.
- A realization that the legitimate functions of literature are bewilderingly, almost inexhaustibly various has always exhilarated poets and dismayed critics. And critics, therefore, have sought age after age to legislate limits to literature - legitimizing certain of its functions and disavowing others - in hope of insuring to themselves the exhilaration of which they have felt unjustly deprived, and providing for poets the dismay which the critics at least have thought good for them. Such shifting and exclusive emphasis is not, however, purely the product of critical malice, or even of critical principle.
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