Literary criticism

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Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher review – the power of invention
A close analysis of the science of stories reveals literature’s ability to change its readers, and the world

Jane Smiley

09, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Up close and dangerous: the irresistible allure of DH Lawrence
For decades he was wildly out of fashion, now DH Lawrence is everywhere – from novels and biographies to a new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lara Feigel

30, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘You think wrong!’: top 10 rants in literature
Some distrust kvetching in print, but writers from Shakespeare to Valerie Solanas show there’s nothing wrong with constructive – and even destructive – criticism

Lucy Ellmann

25, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Speak, Silence by Carole Angier review – a remarkable biography
The first major study of revered author and academic WG Sebald reveals an obsessive and brilliant mind

Caroline Moorehead

14, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Borges and Me by Jay Parini review – around Scotland in a Morris Minor
A brilliantly unlikely travel caper lovingly recalls a road trip with a literary giant in yellow satin pyjamas

Oliver Balch

05, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Letter: Gabriel Pearson obituary
Martin Dodsworth writes: His enjoyment of literature was infectious

Martin Dodsworth

12, Jul, 2021 @3:18 PM

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English has evolved and so has our teaching of it | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to articles on the study of literature and the changing nature of language


29, Jun, 2021 @5:10 PM

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‘At first I thought, this is crazy’: the real-life plan to use novels to predict the next war
Three years ago, a small group of academics at a German university launched an unprecedented collaboration with the military – using novels to try to pinpoint the world’s next conflicts. Are they on to something?

Philip Oltermann

26, Jun, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Denis Donoghue obituary
Literary critic who defended traditional values against campus radicals

Eric Homberger

28, May, 2021 @4:54 PM

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The reputation game: how authors try to control their image from beyond the grave
The row over a new biography of Philip Roth has exposed the way agents and estates restrict access and manage archives to maintain a writer’s posthumous good name

Edward Helmore

23, May, 2021 @2:36 PM

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The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen review – an excess of genius
Cohen’s bookish learning and worldly knowhow are on show in this fantasia about the Israeli prime minister’s father, inspired by an anecdote from Harold Bloom

Leo Robson

20, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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A User’s Guide to Melancholy by Mary Ann Lund review – senses of humour
A learned and readable picture of Renaissance medicine with less comic eccentricity than Robert Burton’s 1621 magnum opus

Nicholas Lezard

13, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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