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Annoying the Victorians

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What happens when bad criticism happens to good people? Annoying the Victorians sets the tradition of critical discourse and literary criticism on its ear, as well as a few other areas. James Kincaid brings his witty, erudite and thoroughly cynical self to the Victorians, and they will never read (or be read) quite the same.

In a series of essays covering the hit parade of the Victorians--Tennyson, Dickens, Meredith, Hardy and the erotic poetry of The Pearl--Kincaid creates a sharp, insicive parody of the methods of good criticism (and sometimes the practicioners, ) all the while raising questions about what good criticism is, and how these rules serve to maintain the status quo.

Annoying the Victorians mocks those conventions held dear, and examines the sacredness of the text, the employment of evidence, the construction of sound arguments, and the solemn tone in which the discipline is practiced, showing them all for smoke and mirrors, exposing the Wizard behind the curtain of critical practice. Throughout, James Kincaid amuses, prods, provokes and enlightens the reader with a machete-like directness couched in satire. The essays will surely annoy both Victorians and Victorianists alike, as well as those worshipping at the church of Literary Criticism.

Synopsis:

What happens when bad criticism happens to good people? Annoying the Victorians sets the tradition of critical discourse and literary criticism on its ear, as well as a few other areas. James Kincaid brings his witty, erudite and thoroughly cynical self to the Victorians, and they will never read (or be read) quite the same.

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Annoying the Victorians mocks those conventions held dear, and examines the sacredness of 'the text, ' the employment of evidence, the construction of sound arguments, and the solemn tone in which the discipline is practiced, showing them all for smoke and mirrors, exposing the Wizard behind the curtain of critical practice.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-268) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415907293
Author:
Kincaid, James R.
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Kincaid James
Author:
Kincaid, James R.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Subject:
English literature -- 19th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
19941231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.01x6.04x.86 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Routledge - English 9780415907293 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , What happens when bad criticism happens to good people? Annoying the Victorians sets the tradition of critical discourse and literary criticism on its ear, as well as a few other areas. James Kincaid brings his witty, erudite and thoroughly cynical self to the Victorians, and they will never read (or be read) quite the same.

"Synopsis" by , Annoying the Victorians mocks those conventions held dear, and examines the sacredness of 'the text, ' the employment of evidence, the construction of sound arguments, and the solemn tone in which the discipline is practiced, showing them all for smoke and mirrors, exposing the Wizard behind the curtain of critical practice.
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