All good writing takes us somewhere uncomfortable. One of the great services given by Textual Practice over the past 30 years has been to create a comfortable place for uncomfortable criticism. Yet right now, it is not writing but the world itself that is proving incommodious. What should criticism be doing in a political culture that has embraced hostility?
Bibliographical noteShort contribution to 30th anniversary of Textual Practice. Peter Boxall, Michael Jonik, J. M. Coetzee, Seb Franklin, Drew Milne, Rita Felski, Laura Salisbury, Derek Attridge, Nicholas Royle, Laura Marcus, Lyndsey Stonebridge, Bryan Cheyette, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Steven Connor, Andrew Hadfield, Elleke Boehmer, Marjorie Perloff, Catherine Belsey, Simon Jarvis, Gabriel Josipovici, Robert Eaglestone, David Marriott, John Duvall, Lara Feigel, Paul Sheehan, Roger Luckhurst, Peter Middleton, Rachel Bowlby, Keston Sutherland & Ali Smith (2016) 30@30: the future of literary thinking.
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