This concluding chapter presents some final thoughts. Perhaps the most significant feature of the approach to humanism recommended in this book is that it shows us that we need not fear that we will lose touch with the literary if we embrace the humanist intuition. The distrust many have of literary humanism is that it often seems that becoming humanists is tantamount to renouncing the promise to say something informative of the nature of literature. The theory of humanism offered in this book shows us that we can be both humanists and faithful literary theorists. It reveals the connection between literature and life to be a proper feature of literary content. And, if this is so, it gives us a way of seeing how a reasonably developed theory of humanism can cast light on rather than turn us away from the nature of literary experience.
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