Allen Dunn

“Who Killed Critique? Restoring a Discourse of Values to Contemporary Criticism”

Abstract: Contemporary criticism is dominated by a form of literary historicism that has lost faith in its own critical vocabulary.  It continues to employ the language of critique but it does so in a purely formal and perfunctory way, and this, I will argue, impedes any meaningful engagement with the aesthetic, ethical, and political values which should be at the heart of literary criticism.