Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cynthia Ozick on Freedom of Imagination

Cynthia Ozick on freedom of imagination:

[N]o writer of stories should be expected to be a moral champion or a representative of “identity.” That way lies tract and sermon and polemic. When a thesis or a framework—any kind of prescriptiveness or tendentiousness—is imposed on the writing of fiction, imagination flies out the door, and with it the freedom and volatility and irresponsibility that imagination both confers and demands. I have never set out to be anything other than a writer of stories.

From “Cynthia Ozick” in Diane Osen, ed., The Book That Changed My Life: Interviews with National Book Award Winners and Finalists (2002).

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