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A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts

Edited by Jaime Goodrich

Subjects: Art, Cultural Studies, Gender, Language and Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, Music, Popular Culture, Women's Studies

Published four times per year
ISSN 0011-1589
E-ISSN 1536-0342

H-Index: 13

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Criticism provides a forum for current scholarship on literature, media, music, and visual culture. A place for rigorous theoretical and critical debate as well as formal and methodological self-reflexivity and experimentation, Criticism aims to present contemporary thought at its most vital.

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Criticism Volume 58, Number 2, Spring 2016

The Dialectic of War and Utopia: Systemic Closure and Embattled Social Life in the Work of Fredric Jameson
Stephen D. Carter

The Subjunctive Poetics of the Undocument: C. L. R. James's American Civilization
Laura Harris

Antitheatricality and Irrationality: An Alternative View
Kent R. Lehnhof

Moths, Photographs, and Emigrants: The Capacity for Transmigration in the Work of W. G. Sebald
Doris Chon

Binding the Void: The Erotics of Place in Antony and Cleopatra
Gillian Knoll

Eating Popcorn with Chopsticks: Revisionary Black Masculinity in Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon
Shanté Paradigm Smalls


Fredric R. Jameson on The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange by Kojin Karatani

Andrew Winckles on Anna Seward and the End of the Eighteenth Century by Claudia Thomas Kairoff

Holly A. Crocker on The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity by Joseph Campana

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Criticism Volume 58, Number 3, Summer 2016

Kissing A Photogaph: Reproductive Panic in Kate Chopin and Thomas Hardy
Arielle Zibrak

Thoreau's Journal or the Workshop of Being
François Specq

The Colonial Baroque in Australia: On Drover Boab Texts, Wiradjuri Clubs, and Charlie Flanningan's Drawings
Michael J. Farrell

Writing Women, Writing Wax: Metaphors of Impression—Possibilities of Agency in Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece and Twelfth Night
Lynn M. Maxwell

By What Strange Channels: Nicholas Mosley's Literary Circuits
Abram Foley

Why is Beloved So Universally Beloved? Uncovering Our Hidden Aesthetic Criteria
Timothy R. Aubry


Jessica Hanselman Gray on Monstrous Motherhood: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity by Marilyn Francus

Sharif Youssef on Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel

Jonathan Lamb on Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire by Nicholas Thomas

John Emil Vincent on Opacity and the Closet: Queer Tactics in Foucault, Barthes, and Warhol by Nicholas de Villiers

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57.4: The Avant-Garde at War
57.2: Critical Air Studies

56.3: Andy Warhol
56.2: Jack Smith: Beyond the Rented World


54.3: Shakespeare and Phenomenology

53.4: Transcultural Negotiations of Holocaust Memory
53.3: Open Source

52.3-4: The Wire
52.2: Honoring Eve: A Special Issue on the Work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick


50.1: Disco

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