Notes on Tone
An aetiology of flatness, traced through close readings of three radical American poets. In tension with the expressive subjectivity of lyric and the forceful register of political commitment, resonances of the muted, withdrawn or deadpan affect of this poetry with a broader cultural mode, as the sound of the historical present.
For Love of Beauty?
Engaging sceptically with Joseph North’s Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History, Anahid Nersessian questions the terms of a leftist literary criticism built on an opposition to idealism, rather than a reckoning with the material crises besetting academia.