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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 45, Issue 1, February 2019

Jean Bocharova
Pages 4-15
DOI: 10.5840/traddisc20194512

Toward a Post-critical Literary Theory

This essay examines Meaning as Polanyi’s statement on aesthetics. The core of his aesthetic theory emphasizes the power of art to move the imagination. I examine metaphors he uses for this kind of movement—descent along a gradient, indwelling, and transcendence—and suggest implications for literary study.