Semilogy and Rhetoric, de Man
I think de Man is on to something when he wrote this article. He mentioned a certain code in literature. A code that is "conspicous, complex, and enigmatic"...this means that there is no simple meaning of literature. Literature is not like a historical fact or a math problem, you can not solve all problems in one sitting.
There are certain criticisms that attempt to use this code to there advantage, like good ol' fashion formalism. But understanding that formalism is not exactly bedfellows with poststructualism, formalism is not the best form to go with.
Dr. Jerz said that if you don't get it, then don't worry. I'll think I'll take his word on that.