Christopher Caudwell, Illusion and Reality: A Study of the Sources of Poetry (1937; London 1973)

‘But as soon as one passes from the enjoyment of creation of art works to the criticism of art, then it is plain that one passes outside art, that one begins to look at it from outside . But what is outside art? Art is the product of society, as the pearl is the product of the oyster, and to stand outside art is to stand inside society. The criticism of art differs from pure enjoyment or creation in that it contains a soiciological component.’ (p.18.)


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