Tag Archives: Literary Criticism

Classrooms and Correctness

David Denby discusses his book Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World. Stanley Fish discusses his new book, Professional Correctness, which is an account of literary studies and political change. 852 … Continue reading

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The Death of Satan

Literary scholar Andrew Delbanco [NHC Fellow 1990-91, 2002-03] discusses his book, The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil. Delbanco explains the ways Americans have conceptualized and described evil in political, cultural, and literary terms from … Continue reading

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Literary Lives

A discussion of contemporary literary criticism and the common reader. David Ellis discusses his contribution to a new three-volume biography of the British writer, D. H. Lawrence. 635 – Literary Lives

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African Americans Part 4

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., discusses his book, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press). Arnold Rampersad discusses his biography of Langston Hughes, available from Oxford University Press. 543 – African Americans Part 4

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Theory and Practice

Myra Jehlen and Paul Hunter discuss the impact of theory on modern literary scholarship and criticism. Shannon Ravenel discusses her work as editor of The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties (Houghton Mifflin). 538 – Theory and Practice

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Story and Song

Helen Vendler‘s recent books include Voices and Visions: American Poets (Random House) and The Music of What Happens: Essays on Poetry and Criticism (Harvard University Press). Eudora Welty‘s recent books include One Writer’s Beginnings (Warner Books, 1985). 440 – Story … Continue reading

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Foreign Subjects: Languages and God in the Schools

Rosemary Feal and Joan Hinde Stewart dicuss foreign languages in American education–what’s popular, what’s not, teaching methods, and literary criticism and theory. Warren Nord and Ronald Sharp talk about the perils and rewards of teaching religion in American schools. 425 … Continue reading

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Uncommon Readers

David Daiches discusses literary criticism and its history. In comparing models of literary criticism he refers to traditional approaches, deconstruction, and feminist and black writing. He stresses the importance of understanding the historical context and the language of time and … Continue reading

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Convergence in Crisis

Stanley Fish and Fredric JamesonĀ discussĀ a conference at Duke University in 1988 entitled Convergence in Crisis: Narratives of the History of Theory, which focused on the disciplines of history, literary studies, and cultural studies. At the time of this interview, Fish, … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Novel

According to Paul Hunter and Patricia Meyer Spacks, English fiction rose to prominence in the eighteenth century at about the same time that autobiography became important in England’s cultural life, reflecting an interest on the part of the common reader … Continue reading

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