Category: Literary Criticism

Special Issue: Satire

31 March, 2014

Ian Reilly

“Our laughter may yet have a future”

Ian Reilly on the promise of researching, writing, and teaching contemporary humour and laughter.


27 February, 2014

Michael Easson

Joseph Roth On the End of the World



20 January, 2014

Bryn Jones Square

Sibling Sympathy

Bryn Jones Square discovers the social nature of artistic creation in Lucy Newlyn’s literary biography of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.


25 November, 2013

Eleanor Hamblen

Understanding Parenthood

Rachel Bowlby's exploration of changing conceptions of parenthood results in a convincing, if not entirely cohesive argument, finds Eleanor Hamblen.


11 November, 2013

Rosie Lavan

Seamus Heaney and Oxford

Balances and bifurcations recur and resound in Heaney's writing, but so too do ideas of reconciliation and unity, writes Rosie Lavan.


28 October, 2013

Laura Ludtke

A Labyrinthine Monograph

Christopher Meredith's analysis of the Song of Songs is an unexpectedly lucid journey through spatial theory, argues Laura Ludtke.


Rosie Lavan

Fugitive Moments

Though these essays perform valuable acts of literary and cultural recovery, chance encounters are rare and easily missed, finds Rosie Lavan.


13 May, 2013

Dominic Davies

Banality on a Global Scale

Saikat Majumdar’s careful and rigorous contribution to postcolonial criticism is let down by its grand ambitions.


7 May, 2013

Gabriel Roberts

A Deep Dynastic Wound



15 March, 2013

Gabriel Roberts

“Legal Fiction” & Legal Fiction