Literary criticism

The place of criticism: A wider view

What has emerged from this discussion of the reform of English Literature at A-level is that the tension between the…

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The resistance to knowledge

The reluctance of AQA Specification A to embrace the critical and theo- retical possibilities of the new subject criteria came…

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F. R. Leavis: The university and the sage

Richards’s sense of the narrowness of literary scholarship is apparent in the direction taken by his career. After the publication…

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The importance of difficulty

On one level, it is easy to see both Murry’s humanism and Woolf’s visions as a means of self-promotion, resting…

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Virginia Woolf: Criticism as private experience

It is difficult to approach Virginia Woolf without being conscious not only of her Modernism, but also of her relationship…

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Literary criticism: The influence of scholarship

These attempts to define the nature of literary knowledge took place in a society where the audience for, and purpose…

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The importance of Classics: The literary tradition

These suspicions about the academic validity of the study of English literature were also apparent at Cambridge, where once again…

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Oxford and Cambridge: The development of criticism

Unlike London and the regional institutions, Oxford has played a central role in accounts of ‘the rise of English’. It…

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Literary Scripturism

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Character" (1866) If there is…

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Planning Your Essay

If you have actively reread the work you plan to write about and have made notes or annotations, you are…

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