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Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato's cave, still reveling, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth.
In "Secular Criticism" Said attributes this anti-filiative impulse to the great Modernist writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including Joyce, Eliot, Mann, and Proust: "Childless couples, orphaned children, aborted childbirths, and unregenerately celibate men and women populate the world of high modernism with remarkable insistence, all of them suggesting the difficulties of filiation" (WTC 17).
The literature of this period, he argues, is replete with "childless couples, orphaned children, aborted childbirths, and unregenerately celibate men and women," (22) representing to him a crisis in the natural order of authority of that era.