DENIS DONOGHUE
[b. 1928] an Irish literary critic

 
The camera has an interest in turning history into spectacle, but none in reversing the process. At best, the picture leaves a vague blur in the observer's mind; strong enough to send him into battle perhaps, but not to have him understand why he is going. - Denis Donoghue
The State of the Language, "Radio Talk" (1980).