Approach of a Liberal Humanist
The word ‘liberal’ in this formulation roughly means not politically radical, and hence generally evasive and non committal on political issues. ‘Humanism’ implies something similar; it suggests a range of negative attributes, such as ‘non-Marxist’ and ‘non-feminist’, and ‘non-theoretical’.
A liberal humanists believe in ‘human nature’ as something fixed and constant which great literature expresses. Liberal humanists do not use this name of themselves, but practise literary criticism and do not call themselves a Marxist critic, or a structuralist, or a stylistician, or some such.
Liberal Humanists attempt to understand the individual’s identity by excluding environmental circumstances. basically, Liberal Humanists view literature and poem as an artistic celebration which is much higher than Humanity.