Critiquing Criticism
From the Ancient to the Digital

Edited by Sophie Corser and Lucy Russell

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 10

Modern Humanities Research Association

2 February 2016


Literary criticism in its widest sense has many communities, from coffeehouses to digital libraries. Examining a range of European literatures – English, Italian, and German – from the seventeenth century to the present day, the contributors highlight both the multifaceted nature of criticism and its common trends. Indeed, by raising the issue of the fundamental individuality of criticism, Critiquing Criticism engages with one question above all: if criticism is at root interpretation, how is it also a creative act? Where it is, does it then forfeit its claim to objective authority over the work being discussed? In a culture with steadily increasing access to a wealth of criticism, we must not overlook the need to critique criticism itself.

Contents:

1-9
Introduction
Sophie Corser, Lucy Russell
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10-20
The Scrutiny of Poet Squab: John Dryden and the Figure of the Critic in Late Seventeenth-Century London, 1668-1700
Sean Whitfield
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21-32
‘In the Advance Guard’: Evelyn Waugh as a Reviewer
Yuexi Liu
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33-43
Into the Author’s Mind: Cesare Garboli and the Essay as Embodied Comprehension
Paolo Gervasi
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44-54
Heidegger and Nietzsche: On the Need for Criticism and its Critique
Jack K. Rasmus-Vorrath
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Bibliography entry:

Corser, Sophie, and Lucy Russell (eds), Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 10 (2016)) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-10> [accessed 28 October 2020]

First footnote reference: 35 Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital, ed. by Sophie Corser and Lucy Russell (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 10 (2016)) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-10> [accessed 28 October 2020], p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Corser and Russell, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Corser, Sophie, and Lucy Russell (eds). 2016. Critiquing Criticism: From the Ancient to the Digital (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 10) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-10> [accessed 28 October 2020]

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Corser and Russell 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Corser and Russell 2016: 21.

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