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Debating Big Criticism

From Autumn 2011 we reprint Evan Kindley's "Big Criticism," on the emergence of institutionalized literary criticism in the U.S. after the Second World War—along with a response from Jeffrey J. Williams and Kindley's reply, both forthcoming in our Winter 2013 issue.

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Evan Kindley, "Big Criticism."

Jeffrey J. Williams, "The Little Magazine and the Theory Journal: A Response to Evan Kindley’s 'Big Criticism.'”

Evan Kindley, "Response to Jeffrey J. Williams"
  • Portrait of R. P. Blackmur, by Waldo Pierce (1937).