The Death of the Critic

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The critic has long been a reviled figure, at best the mere handmaiden of the "creative" arts, at worst a parasite upon them. For Brendan Behan, critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They know how it is done. They have seen it done every day.

But they are unable to do it themselves. In an age of book clubs, celebrity endorsements and bloggers, what role is there now for the professional critic as an arbiter of artistic value? Are literature and the arts merely a question of personal taste? Is one opinion "as good as another"? Rónán McDonald's The Death of the Critic seeks to defend the role of the public critic. He argues against recent claims that all artistic value is simply relative and subjective. This forceful, accessible and eloquent book considers why high profile, public critics such as William E mpson, F.R. Leavis or Lionel Trilling, become much rarer in the later twentieth century. Alert to the cultural and academic climate of both the UK and the USA, this controversial and timely intervention will engage scholars, students, critics and anyone concerned with the role of literary and artistic culture in the public sphere.

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Ronan McDonald is Senior Lecturerat the University of Reading, UK. His interests include the history of twentieth-century literary criticism, especially its intersections with ideas of 'value'. His recent publications include Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett (2002),The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2006), and aspecial issue of the Yearbook of English Studies (2005) on 'Irish Writing since 1950'.

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Author reviews another title, book mentioned. (The Irish Times)

Mentioned on www.pensioneronline.com (Pensioneronline)

"A lively, rigorous argument for the future of criticism."Brian Dillon, Irish Times (Brian Dillon, Irish Times The Irish Times)

"McDonald argues that crowing blog-based citizen opinionistas, triumphant overshrinking print media coverage of books are simply kicking a dead horse; thelit critic, it seems, was killed already by the an out-of-control sense ofcultural relativism, which has over the 20th century wormed its way intoliterature programs, engendering artistic and aesthetic relativism. McDonaldcontends that the idea of artistic expression's equanimity, and the subsequentequanimity of opinion regarding that expression, has marginalized the importantand difficult work of honestly evaluating artistic worth. Emphasizingliterature, his specialty, McDonald illustrates how trendy efforts to make artmore scientific, more academic or more cultural ultimately undermine its role asart, making it more difficult (if not impossible) to consider with the languageof art. McDonald illustrates how specific movements—including romanticism, fin-de-siecleand radical aesthetic individualism—have obscured and in some cases removedentirely those traditional standards of value. A daring, but fitting,comparison between aesthetics and ethics shows how standards may be relativebut are never irrelevant; McDonald's cogent, largely convincing attempt to pinthe critic's murder on relativism is sure to raise eyebrows among academics,though it doesn't do much to instill hope of the critic's resurrection." (Dec.)—Publishers Weekly

(Publishers Weekly)

"[A] satisfyingly chewy new book" (Prospect Magazine)

"The thorniest reasons for this cutback, the ones thatdeal with internal fractures within criticism itself, are just now beginning tobe addressed. In his provocative, enormously informative new book, "TheDeath of the Critic," Rónán McDonald dives into this territory with bothsleeves rolled up. He traces the current suspicion of the critic's role todebates that have raged since Plato. Forget about bloggers, cut-rate publishers,and amazon.com(the usual suspects); the critic's killer, McDonald argues, is criticismitself.
...The critic isn't dead. In fact, the defibrillators thatcan bring him or her back are all around us, and you can find many of them in thissmart, useful little book." —John Freeman, Boston Globe

(John Freeman The Boston Globe)

The virtue of this book is that, while it is a strongprotest against what has been a prevailing climate in English departments, itis neither blimpish nor complacent. ...his regrets have been expressed withirresistible clarity. —Times Literary Supplement

"Whenever you think of this 21st-century world, McDonald's assessment poses serious question that beg for specific application...When McDonald argues that criticism needs to be more evaluative, he isn't talking thumbs up or down. He means criticism that takes seriously the role of engaging with the issues and aesthetics of the work at hand...So that eye-catching but perhaps overstated title is a bit of a misnomer. The critic isn't dead. In fact, the defibrillators that can bring him or her back are all around us, and you can find many of them in this smart, useful little book." —John Freeman, The Boston Globe, March 5, 2008 (John Freeman)

"McDonald has penned a passionate four-chapter eulogy for apractice that he believes can be reborn...in a pair of core chapters- aboutcritical value, and science and sensibility- McDonald's phrasing and historicalerudition are as sharp as the bloody knife on the cover." —San Francisco BayGuardian

"[A] deft polemic, ... the virtue of this book is that it is neither blimpish nor complacent ... [and it is ] expressed with irresistable clarity."John Mullan, The Times [Web], Thursady 13th March 2008

Reviewed in German by Thomas Vaessens, Boeken, 8th February 2008.

Title mentioned in Times Higher Education Supplement, March 2008

"The Death of the Criticis a concise and persuasive argument for the necessity of an engaged,evaluative criticism of literature, one in which critics addressreaders instead of each other." -Post No Ills Magazine

"McDonald's argument is witty and persuasive"English Drama Media Journal, October 2008

Author review of another book, menion of this book at end credits, The Observer. 4 January 2009.

"in the best tradition of the incisive criticism, McDonald offers an extreme polemic in order to provoke the discipline to interrogate the consequences of its practice"Edinburgh Review, Dec 2008 (Ross Alloway)

Mentioned on www.pensioneronline.com (Sanford Lakoff)

"A lively, rigorous argument for the future of criticism."Brian Dillon, Irish Times (Sanford Lakoff The Irish Times)

"McDonald argues that crowing blog-based citizen opinionistas, triumphant overshrinking print media coverage of books are simply kicking a dead horse; thelit critic, it seems, was killed already by the an out-of-control sense ofcultural relativism, which has over the 20th century wormed its way intoliterature programs, engendering artistic and aesthetic relativism. McDonaldcontends that the idea of artistic expression’s equanimity, and the subsequentequanimity of opinion regarding that expression, has marginalized the importantand difficult work of honestly evaluating artistic worth. Emphasizingliterature, his specialty, McDonald illustrates how trendy efforts to make artmore scientific, more academic or more cultural ultimately undermine its role asart, making it more difficult (if not impossible) to consider with the languageof art. McDonald illustrates how specific movements—including romanticism, fin-de-siecleand radical aesthetic individualism—have obscured and in some cases removedentirely those traditional standards of value. A daring, but fitting,comparison between aesthetics and ethics shows how standards may be relativebut are never irrelevant; McDonald’s cogent, largely convincing attempt to pinthe critic’s murder on relativism is sure to raise eyebrows among academics,though it doesn’t do much to instill hope of the critic’s resurrection." (Dec.)–Publishers Weekly

(Publishers Weekly)

"[A] satisfyingly chewy new book" (Sanford Lakoff)

"The thorniest reasons for this cutback, the ones thatdeal with internal fractures within criticism itself, are just now beginning tobe addressed. In his provocative, enormously informative new book, "TheDeath of the Critic," Rónán McDonald dives into this territory with bothsleeves rolled up. He traces the current suspicion of the critic's role todebates that have raged since Plato. Forget about bloggers, cut-rate publishers,and amazon.com(the usual suspects); the critic's killer, McDonald argues, is criticismitself.
...The critic isn't dead. In fact, the defibrillators thatcan bring him or her back are all around us, and you can find many of them in thissmart, useful little book." —John Freeman, Boston Globe

(Sanford Lakoff The Boston Globe)

"Whenever you think of this 21st-century world, McDonald's assessment poses serious question that beg for specific application...When McDonald argues that criticism needs to be more evaluative, he isn't talking thumbs up or down. He means criticism that takes seriously the role of engaging with the issues and aesthetics of the work at hand...So that eye-catching but perhaps overstated title is a bit of a misnomer. The critic isn't dead. In fact, the defibrillators that can bring him or her back are all around us, and you can find many of them in this smart, useful little book." —John Freeman, The Boston Globe, March 5, 2008 (Sanford Lakoff)

“McDonald has penned a passionate four-chapter eulogy for apractice that he believes can be reborn...in a pair of core chapters- aboutcritical value, and science and sensibility- McDonald’s phrasing and historicalerudition are as sharp as the bloody knife on the cover.” –San Francisco BayGuardian

"in the best tradition of the incisive criticism, McDonald offers an extreme polemic in order to provoke the discipline to interrogate the consequences of its practice"Edinburgh Review, Dec 2008 (Sanford Lakoff)

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