The Death of the Critic / Edition 1

The Death of the Critic / Edition 1

by Ronan McDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826492797

ISBN-13: 9780826492791

Pub. Date: 12/27/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic


The critic has long been a reviled figure, at best the mere handmaiden of the "creative" arts, at worst a parasite upon them. For Brendan Behan, critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They know how it is done. They have seen it done every day.

But they are unable to do it themselves. In an age of book clubs, celebrity endorsements

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The critic has long been a reviled figure, at best the mere handmaiden of the "creative" arts, at worst a parasite upon them. For Brendan Behan, critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They know how it is done. They have seen it done every day.

But they are unable to do it themselves. In an age of book clubs, celebrity endorsements and bloggers, what role is there now for the professional critic as an arbiter of artistic value? Are literature and the arts merely a question of personal taste? Is one opinion "as good as another"? Rónán McDonald's The Death of the Critic seeks to defend the role of the public critic. He argues against recent claims that all artistic value is simply relative and subjective. This forceful, accessible and eloquent book considers why high profile, public critics such as William E mpson, F.R. Leavis or Lionel Trilling, become much rarer in the later twentieth century. Alert to the cultural and academic climate of both the UK and the USA, this controversial and timely intervention will engage scholars, students, critics and anyone concerned with the role of literary and artistic culture in the public sphere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826492791
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/27/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Value of Criticism
2. The Foundations of Critical Value
3. Science and Sensibility
4. Cultural Studies: The Rise of the Machines
Works Cited and Further Reading
Index

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