Is Shakespeare Any Good?

Is Shakespeare Any Good?

By: Richard Bradford (author)Paperback

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Is Shakespeare any Good? reveals why certain literary works and authors are treated as superior to others, and questions the literary establishment s criteria for creating an imperium of great writers. * Enables readers to articulate and formulate their own arguments about the quality of literature including works that convention forbids us to dislike * Dismantles the claims of academic criticism particularly Theory to tell us anything useful about why we like or appreciate literature * Challenges and shatters many longstanding beliefs about literature and its evaluation * Poses serious questions about the value of literature, and studying literature, and presents these in a lively and entertainingly provocative manner

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Richard Bradford is Research Professor of English at the University of Ulster. He is the author of two dozen books, including specialised academic monographs and six literary biographies including Literary Rivals, (2014), The Novel Now (2007) and First Boredom, Then Fear: The Life of Philip Larkin (2006)


Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1 A Brief Essay on Taste 5 2 The Dreadful Legacy of Modernism 44 3 Is Shakespeare Any Good? 90 4 Mad Theories 131 5 Defining Literature: The Bete Noir of Academia 166 6 Evaluation 193 7 Popular Literature 243 8 Is Literature Any Good For Us? 272 References 321 Index 326

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781118219973
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781118219973
  • weight: 666
  • ISBN10: 111821997X

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