I take a "wholesome tradition" to imply one during which the connection between books enjoys a sure autonomy. Within the minds of readers, books enter dialog with one another in lots of languages and some ways. Such conversations transcend the query of "affect." The connection between "Hamlet" and "Don Quixote" is just not considered one of affect. Nor does it boil down to 1 or two key elements, as an illustration, "insanity" or "the Idiot."