In their introduction to a 2009 issue of Representations, titled “Surface Reading: An Introduction,” Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus assert that the way we read “now” resists the symptomatic readings of a previous generation of scholars. While this previous generation searched for “hidden” meanings, many scholars have now begun to look more closely at the surfaces, the non-hidden or apparent aspects, of texts. In doing so, Best and Marcus, perhaps inadvertently, demonstrate the importance of studying the history of thought.

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