Confessions of the Critics: North American Critics' Autobiographical Moves


First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Confessions of the Critics: North American Critics' Autobiographical Moves

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914109
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Aram Veeser is currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Associate Professor of English at Wichita State University. He is the editor of The New Historicism and The New Historicism Reader, both published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for Confessional Criticism
1 Autobiographical Literary Criticism as the New Belletrism: Personal Experience 3
2 Mourning Shakespeare: My Own Private Hamlet 17
3 Interrupted Reading: Personal Criticism in the Present Time 29
4 Autocritique 40
5 What Is at Stake in Confessional Criticism 55
6 Confession versus Criticism, or What's the Critic Got to Do with It? 68
7 Through the Academic Looking Glass 76
8 Speaking Personally: The Culture of Autobiographical Criticism 82
9 Self-Interview 97
10 Critical Personifications 103
11 Overcoming "Auction Block": Stories Masquerading as Objects 110
12 Pictures of a Displaced Girlhood 121
13 The MLA President's Column 141
14 Me and Not Me: The Narrator of Critical and Historical Fiction 148
15 Writing in Concert: An Interview with Cathy Davidson, Alice Kaplan, Jane Tompkins, and Marianna Torgovnick 156
16 White-Boy Authenticity 177
17 Life as We Know It 187
18 Lives 205
19 Laos Is Open 221
20 Damaged Goods 235
21 Junctions on the Color Line 241
22 "Why Am I Always the Bad Guy?": A Reverie on the Virtues of Confession 256
23 Let's Get Lost 268
Contributors 283
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