Criticism

From the Stacks: “Realism in France”
March 21, 1923
August 19, 2013

Honoré de Balzac, the great giant of French Realism, died 163 years ago today. In his honor, an assessment of the importance of realism in French literature, as originally published in The New Republic.

From the Stacks: “Ulysses”
July 5, 1922
August 16, 2013

On August 16, 1922, Virginia Woolf penned a passage in her diary panning James Joyce's Ulysses. But New Republic editor Edmund Wilson would have disagreed with her—he, instead, praised it as a "work of high genius." In memoriam of Woolf's legendary take-down, a reprint of Wilson's original review.

From the Stacks: “A Girl in Winter”
November 20, 1976
August 09, 2013

Philip Larkin would have been 91 today. In his honor, Joyce Carol Oates's review of his second novel, as originally published in The New Republic.

A Takedown of the City Takedown
Why it's worth ranting against Rachel Shteir's Chicago essay
April 26, 2013

Why it's worth ranting against Rachel Shteir's Chicago essay.

The Internet's Most Niche Website Is Also One of Its Most Brilliant
April 09, 2013

The basic premise of One-Man Focus Group is that cultural criticism shouldn't be the exclusive province of cinema, literature, music, and the like.