literary criticism


The Practice of Reading, by Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue wants us to get back to reading literature as literature. He indicts the politicized criticism now dominating literary study and proposes an alternative that emphasizes the practice of reading over ideological theories about it.


A dark thread runs through it

More Matter: Essays and Criticism, by John Updike


Words Alone: The Poet T. S. Eliot, by Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue describes his book as "partly a memoir, partly a study of Eliot's poetry." When the two parts come together his book moves with uncommon gracefulness.