Criticism

Criticism is a quarterly journal published by Wayne State University Press in Detroit, Mich. Its subject is literary criticism and is read by scholars, educators, students and artists in the fields of literature and art.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, Fall

"Atlantis Buried Outside": Muriel Rukeyser, Myth, and the Crises of War
In 1968, Muriel Rukeyser wrote a poem called "Myth," responding to Moreau's 1864 painting Oedipus and the Sphinx:MYTHLong afterward, Oedipus, old and blinded, walked the roads. He smelled a familiar smell. It was the Sphinx. Oedipus said, "I want to...
Comparative Literary History
"COMPARATIVE LITERARY HISTORY" Modernist Futures: Innovation and Inheritance in the Contemporary Novel by David James. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. 223. $95.00 cloth.The scope of David James's new study, Modernist Futures, begins...
Critical Fontana
CRITICAL FONTANA Lucio Fontana: Between Utopia and Kitsch by Anthony White. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.336 pp. $29.95 cloth.The subtitle of Anthony White's monograph on the Italian artist Lucio Fontana, Between Utopia and Kitsch, lays out the terms...
"Dogs Bark": War, Narrative, and Historical Syncopation in Gertrude Stein's Late Work
In 1937, with bloody civil war dividing his native Spain and Fascist power consolidating across Europe, Pablo Picasso began to produce his most explicitly politicized compositions. As he completed the final version of his celebrated protest against the...
From the Historical Avant-Garde to Highbrow Coterie Modernism: The Little Review's Wartime Advances and Retreats
Shortly after the Anglo-American literary renaissance emerged, the First World War erupted across Europe, influencing the development of one of modernism's foundational enterprises: the little magazine. Revisionary histories have explored the collaborative...
Ghostliness: A Double Take at Surrealist Art
GHOSTLINESS: A DOUBLE TAKE AT SURREALIST ART Surrealist Ghostliness by Katharine Conley. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. Pp. 320, 50 illustrations. $55.00 cloth.Katherine Conley gives her readers new cause to be fascinated by surrealism...
Introduction
The idea of the avant-garde is embedded in a theory of history.-Fred Moten, In the Brea\ (2003)1The term avant-garde bears explicit militaristic overtones, yet the question of how artistic vanguards bear out the martial strategies implied in the name...
Modernity's Regimes of Wonderment
MODERNITY'S REGIMES OF WONDERMENT Curious Visions of Modernity: Enchantment, Magic, and the Sacred by David L. Martin. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011. xviii + 255 pages. $32.95 cloth.When Walter Benjamin writes in Convolute N of the Arcades Project that...
"Partout et Nulle Part": Apollinaire's Body after the War
On 26 November 1917, Guillaume Apollinaire stood backstage at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier in Paris. Apollinaire-alias for Guglielmo Alberto Wladimiro Alessandro Apollinare de Kostrowitzky, born to a Polish mother and to an unknown father, a naturalized...
The Conceptual War Machine: Agonism and the Avant-Garde
When the machine takes control, we passively-and happily-acquiesce.-Kenneth Goldsmith, "Introduction to Flarf vs. Conceptual Writing" (2009)1Descriptions of conceptual writing often refer to its celebration of the boring and uncreative. Kenneth Goldsmith,...
War and Peace and Ubu: Colonialism, the Exception, and Jarry's Legacy
"Père Ubu exists," Catulle Mendès wrote in Le Journal the day after Ubu Rods storied, riot-inducing premiere in 1896. "Compounded by Pulcinella and Polichinelle, of Punch and Judy ... of Monsieur Thiers and the Catholic Torquemada and the Jew Deutz,...
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