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Description - Polemic by Jane Gallop

What is criticism supposed to do? Is polemic a legitimate face of criticism, or simply its excess? What does it mean to read critically or uncritically? These new essays by leading scholars examine some famous and less well-known instances of polemical encounters: Louis Menand on the Andrew Sarris - Pauline Kael slugfest over popular movies; Jonathan Crewe on the entertainment value that printed polemics provided as far back as the 16th century; Michael Warner on Kant's views of critical reading; as well as other essays on Foucault, Habermas, and Boswell with (or vs.) Dr. Johnson. The essays are enhanced by an interview with Gayatri Spivak, specially conducted by Jane Gallop for this volume Historically rigorous, theoretically astute, and sometimes wickedly funny, Polemic makes criticism a critical issue.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415972277
ISBN-10: 0415972272
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane Gallop

Jane Gallop is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the author of several books, most recently Anecdotal Theory (Duke, 2002).

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