Macintosh Apples and Mandarin Oranges: Discourse Functions and Dysfunctions in Literary Comparison

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Abstract

Comparison and contrast is a staple of the teaching of analysis: the method is a
tool for taxonomic differentiation, as in comparative anatomy; it's an approach
widely used for analysis, as in essay examinations; and it is one of the primary
techniques of research, as in literary comparison. But this method of study is not a
neutral instrument, and is not without its fallacies and perils: in the wrong hands it
does not so much shed light on our darkness as it blights and betrays our
understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-26
JournalComparative Literature: East & West
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012

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