a query

Feb. 9th, 2011 05:10 pm
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Tell me, o my flist: what are the articles and books of literary criticism that you love? Not the ones you read so that you could be well-versed in something you wanted to write about (though if you read a book or article for this reason and loved it, please share!), and not necessarily ones that you agree with, but the ones that have mattered to you in some way. (They don't have to involve Shakespeare; I'm just curious.)

I haven't given this an incredible amount of thought (basically, the time it took me to walk from the Shakespeare aisles in the library over to the English department), but it strikes me that my list is quite small; at the moment it only consists of a wee handful:

--The Genius of Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate (although it's perfectly possible that I would no longer feel this way about that book, it meant a good deal to me in college)
--Shakespeare and Child's Play, Carol Chillington Rutter (about which I've posted a few times. Enter the Body should probably be here too.)
--Shakespeare and the Arts of Language, Russ McDonald
--most things I've read so far by Lynne Magnusson (yay modals! Though I am also quite fond of her piece on the sonnets, service, and subjectivity [the second chapter of Shakespeare and Social Dialogue], and "Language and comedy" in the Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy.)
--it's not technically criticism, I suppose, but 1599 by James Shapiro
--"Not at All What a Man Should Be: Remaking English Manhood in Emma", Claudia L. Johnson. (I'm pretty sure I once said "Emma is totally a nationalist project!" in conversation once because of this article, in one of those "Austen never wrote about important historical stuff" debates.)

At one point The Madwoman in the Attic would have been here, because it was probably the first feminist criticism I read, and I discovered it on my own while taking a class on women writers of the Regency, so that was exciting. And possibly there should be a section of things I read on Elizabethan staging, because that was very important to me, but nothing in particular stands out as something I especially loved.

But even assuming that I've left out some things that I've forgotten or that I don't remember at all, I still feel like this list should be longer.
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