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Creative Criticism

An Anthology and Guide

Edited by Stephen Benson, Clare Connors

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A guide to the creative possibilities of critical writing, with sample texts from a range of writer/critics

Including pieces by creative critics as varied as Anne Carson, Jacques Derrida, Geoff Dyer, Hélène Cixous, Ali Smith, and John Cage, this anthology and guide celebrates the formal and intellectual inventiveness of works which also demonstrate a deep fidelity to the writing or art they address. The Anthology is of interest to all students, teachers and critics of literature and creative writing, and especially those students who are required to write critical essays. All 14 texts included respond innovatively to the question: How do we write criticism? As examples of academic critical writing they are all sympathetic to works whose aim is to change the ways in which we see and describe our world.

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Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Suggested Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
1. Roland Barthes, from A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
2. John Cage, from ‘Where Are We Going? And What Are We Doing?’
3. Anne Carson, ‘Every Exit is an Entrance (A Praise of Sleep)’
4. Hélène Cixous, ‘Without end, no, State of drawingness, no, rather: The Executioner’s taking off’
5. Jacques Derrida ‘Aphorism Countertime’
6. Geoff Dyer, from Out of Sheer Rage: In the Shadow of D.H. Lawrence
7. Benjamin Friedlander, ‘Gertrude Stein: A Retrospective Criticism’
8. Peter Gizzi, ‘Correspondences of the Book’
9. Kevin Kopelson, ‘Music Lessons’
10. Denise Riley, ‘Lyric Selves’
11. Eve Sedgwick, ‘Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl’
12. Ali Smith, ‘Green’
13. John Wilkinson, ‘Imperfect Pitch’
14. Sarah Wood, ‘Anew Again’.

About the Author

Stephen Benson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Clare Connors is a Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of Literary Theory: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Publications, 2010) and Force from Nietzsche to Derrida (Legenda, 2010).

Reviews

Inspiring reading for anyone frustrated by the institutional and social barriers between the values of literature and those of academia.

- Forum for Modern Language Studies (2015) 51 (2): 231

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