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Interrogating the Status Quo

The Limits of Critique by Rita Felski University of Chicago Press, 2015, 228 pages, US$22.50 _______________________________ The muddy prose literary theorists employ is a surface defect pointing to deeper deficiencies in their thought processes, one of which is their remoteness from reality. All of us are immersed in life, authors recreate it in words, critics assess the authors, theorists write on the critics, and in recent decades meta-theorists have scrutinised their fellow theorists. This is critique at many removes from life; many category mistakes can intrude between the cup and the lip. It’s now become a self-sustaining enterprise—critics can conduct…

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