Can Anyone Look in Both Directions at Once?
This chapter provides a summary of the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. Reception, communication, translation — all these approaches seek to cast light on ways in which the past is appropriated in spite of acknowledgements of its otherness. This book has sought not only to learn from all these approaches but also to engage them in a comparative critical environment, and to resist conniving with loss of the past by granting any approach the right to an overarching agenda. As much as anything, this endeavour involves critical contiguities rather than critical assimilation, it involves understanding knowledge through form, in particular the forms of art: the ways in which art stages the anxieties of understanding and brings them to light.
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