chapter  7
But What is Literature? Toward a Descriptive Definition of Literature
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There can be little doubt that the definition of literature belongs to the most intricate epistemological problems of literary studies. Many scholars in the field seem to be content to bypass the issue as one not to be solved, or - as in the case of Eagleton (1983: 10) - to accept a verdict of aporia: 1 'anything can be literature', even if such statements lead to self-inflicted destruction: 'The final logical move in a process which began by recognizing that literature is an illusion is to recognize that literary theory is an illusion too' (Eagleton 1983: 204).