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Academic who abandoned literary criticism and started writing novels?

After some more searching, I found that the academic and author I was looking for is Frank Lentricchia. In literary theory and criticism he wrote, among other ones, the following books: After the ...
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What is the distinction between "literary fiction" vs. "popular fiction"?

This is a core question for literature enthusiasts and I am glad you asked it. Certainly there are no objective criteria to differentiate 'literary fiction' from 'popular fiction.' Since much of ...
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What does it mean to "unmoor criticism"?

The article mentioned in the original version of the question is not "Boule de Suif" (which is a novella) but the article "Les Soirées de Médan" that Maupassant published in the newspaper Le Gaulois ...
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What is the distinction between "literary fiction" vs. "popular fiction"?

At least according to science fiction grandmaster Samuel Delany, well-known for "literary" books in popular genres, the distinction is largely one of anticipated audience. Popular fiction is ...
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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

Collections that reprint criticism normally don't focus on pre-twentieth-century criticism; in modern collections, 20th-century criticism typically dominates. One of the best series that reprint ...
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What was the first instance of the use of a Closed Time loop as a plot device in a published piece of American science fiction?

Here is a possible answer to your title question, copied from my answer to the scifi.stackexchange question What was the first 'time loop' story featuring the bootstrap paradox?. Unfortunately, I'm ...
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Approaching Beowulf scholarship - how to begin?

I have written up this guide in a way that should also be helpful for researching other work and authors from English literature, but the resources found are specific to Beowulf. The general approach ...
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Is there a term for the boundaries of expectation as established by a story's narration?

The boundaries of expectation set by a story's narration fall under the general heading of point of view. In itself, point of view is a simple concept: what is the relationship of the narrator to the ...
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Did Yvor Winters describe Emerson's reputation in America as that of a sacred cow?

Yvor Winters's book In Defense of Reason (1947, combining critical essays from three earlier books) contains very strong criticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Early in the book, he criticises Romanticism ...
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Did Yvor Winters describe Emerson's reputation in America as that of a sacred cow?

According to Hyatt Howe Wagoner's book, Emerson as Poet, ... the crucial fact about Emerson for Winters is that, as he says quite truly, “Emerson was the most influential preacher to appear in ...
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What is meant by "pensée indétérminée" in the Geneva School?

In the foreword ("Avant-propos") to La pensée indeterminée I. De la Renaissance au romantisme, the Belgian critic Georges Poulet describes the goal of his three-volume work (emphasis mine): ...
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Albert Thibaudet and the Geneva School?

The simple answer is that he wasn't. Wikipedia's own article on the Geneva School makes no mention of him, and neither did most sources I consulted. The reason this error is present seems to be that ...
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What does "layering of roles" mean in this sentence?

One of the main themes of Pirandello's works is certainly the fragmentation of the Ego, see Uno, nessuno, cento mila, Il fu Mattia Pascal, etc. This fragmentation is metaphorized with the concept of ...
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What is the distinction between "literary fiction" vs. "popular fiction"?

In this thread I see a lot of references to phrases such as "human experience" and "the human condition". I think it's worth stepping back and asking whose experiences we are talking about. I believe, ...
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What is the distinction between "literary fiction" vs. "popular fiction"?

"Literary Fiction" is a genre, like any other, with distinct emphasis (style, emotional impact, emphasis on the human condition.) It's worth noting that before the modern literary movement of the ...
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The Unity of Action in Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

TL;DR: The Tempest does not respect Aristotle’s unity of action, but to discover this you need to read Aristotle, and even literary critics sometimes neglect primary sources. Aristotle The unity of ...
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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

While I'm not sure what you mean by "comprehensive primary source readers for criticism of Shakespeare," to answer your primary question: One collection of pre-20th century Shakespeare ...
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How to develop a critical standpoint?

Read more. Take classes especially that teach techniques of literary analysis such as deconstruction, reader response, etc. Even a creative writing course that might teach 'scansion' for instance, ...
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Why is the separation between literary criticism and literary theory controversial?

I'm not aware of any controversy as such, more that these are somewhat nebulous fields with a degree of overlap. But it strikes me that one can make a dividing line between literary theory and ...
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Are there collections of pre-20th-century Shakespeare criticism, esp. focusing on individual plays?

The publishing house W.W. Norton publishes editions of the usual titles one would study in school, supplemented with critical essays. (Looking at their website, I see they offer one about Shakespeare, ...
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Why does Elaine Showalter compare Jane Eyre's being locked in a room to menarchal ceremonies?

Showalter is saying that she sees similarities between what Jane experiences and the ceremonies around a girl's first period in some cultures. She mentions Eskimo and South Sea cultures, but seclusion ...
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What does it mean to "unmoor criticism"?

The original French of this fragment can also be found on Gutenberg and goes as follows: Il se chargea d'écrire l'article du Gaulois et d'accord avec ses amis, il le rédigea dans les termes que l'...
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Keats' views on beauty

The question asks, ‘Was Keats ever criticized for standardizing generic beauty?’ and the answer is ‘yes—indeed, he was criticized along these lines by his own fiancée, Fanny Brawne!’ The evidence for ...
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