James Boswell and the Uses of Criticism (Critical Essay) - Michael Gavin

James Boswell and the Uses of Criticism (Critical Essay)

By Michael Gavin

  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
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James Boswell and the Uses of Criticism (Critical Essay) Michael Gavin Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Abstract "James Boswell and the Uses of Criticism" argues that Boswell's London Journal offers a unique perspective on the social dynamics of printed criticism. Though unconventional and at first glance self-defeating, publishing was crucial to Boswell's project of social self-advancement. Scurrilous and surreptitious, collaborative and confrontational, Boswell's brief (and mostly ignominious) career as a critic in London throws into sharp relief the way criticism could be used, not to regulate the taste of an impersonal public, but to mediate relationships between authors.

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