The Politics of Amnesia from After Theory – Terry Eagleton (2003)

The advent of sexuality and popular culture as kosher subjects of study has put paid to one powerful myth. It has helped to demolish the puritan dogma that seriousness is one thing and pleasure is another. The puritan mistakes pleasure for frivolity because he mistakes seriousness for solemnity. Pleasure falls outside the realm of knowledge and is thus dangerously anarchic. On this view, to study pleasure would be like chemically analysing champagne rather than drinking the stuff.


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