Criticism

From the Stacks: “Realism in France”

March 21, 1923

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.

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From the Stacks: “Ulysses”

July 5, 1922

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.

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From the Stacks: “A Girl in Winter”

November 20, 1976

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.

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A Takedown of the City Takedown

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

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

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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. Given the proper perspective and the presence of a reasonably articulate observer, virtually anything can be subjected to insightful, illuminating critique. Or at least that's the idea.

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