An attempt to triangulate politicization, professionalization, and publication by examining several periods in the history of criticism.
A deep dive into the Chicago Critics who inspired John Crowe Ransom’s 1937 essay, “Criticism Inc.”
What is the political economy of New Criticism? Are the racist and reactionary Cold War politics of the New Critics immanent to their trademark method: close reading?
Last week, West Virginia University announced that it would abolish its World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics Department, proposing to replace it with automated digital instruction. This is the apotheosis of trends going back decades. In this episode we talk about the effects of monolingual education.
How has the systemic defunding and deprofessionalizing of humanities academia impacted literary criticism? Why is there such a flourishing culture industry if demand for cultural education is supposedly declining?
What is criticism? Why should it matter? Can it be saved from the gun-toting businessman? A crossover episode with the High Theory podcast.
The premiere of a new series, “Criticism LTD,” on the contemporary state of criticism.
On the eve of the largest annual gathering of literary studies scholars, a discussion of the presidential theme of this year’s convention with the MLA President who chose that theme.
In the finale episode of “Social Problems,” a (slightly more) optimistic look at the present and future of social media.
As the Elon Musk era at Twitter descends ever further into chaos, we discuss the canaries in the coal mine of surveillance, shadowbanning, algorithmic censorship, and deplatforming: sex workers.