[magic mountain, remembrance of things past, and ulysses] describe a general transition from technological prosthesis to technological aisthesis, thus moving from externalization to internalization.
sara danius, senses of modernism
it is one thing for the poet, or even the poet-critic, to claim that his art exists in a universe of its own and bears no relation to the society in which he and his readers live. it is quite another for the literary analyst to unquestioningly accept such a view as the basis for a theory of literature. the poet's declaration that he no longer wishes his work to be associated with 'society' or 'reality' or 'commerce' or 'the masses' is hardly grounds for the critic to decide that the associations have in fact ceased to exist or ceased to pertain to the critical enterprise.
mary louise pratt, toward a speech act theory of literary discourse