More than food for thought: mind-metabolism in lierature
The purpose here is to provide a new, unconventional way of seeing a literary text—but not to reinterpret it completely, according to some trendy approach. The literary characters’ needs, demands, and responses are to be considered in terms of metabolism; the same will apply when the author is speaking as one of the characters in the piece. Metabolism involves a pair of contrasting processes: catabolism, the wearing or tearing down of what gives integrity and stability to the organism (in this case, the mind as a regulatory mechanism for wholesome psychological survival), and anabolism, the building up or restructuring of what gives integrity and stability to the organism or the mind. Certain poems and works of fiction will be examined in the light of this alternative approach to literary study.