Short Review: The New Historicism

A short review of The New Historicism (edited by H. Aram Veeser):


This volume collects essays from a handful of prominent New Historicist critics and really does provide a good representative sampling of a ‘school’ notorious for resisting classification. Generally, the approach to literature is rhetorically and intellectually dishonest (essentially because being a 21st century Marxist is like being a follower of that crazy pastor who keeps predicting the end of the world: when what you swore was gonna happen don’t happen, you need some fancy talkin’ to keep the boat afloat). Still, a worthy read for anyone interested in the current landscape of literary criticism.


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