Category: Criticism

Hating America

Overcoming the Oversoul: Emerson’s Evolutionary Existentialism

Character in Contemporary Fiction

The Dead: Story and Film

Reality and Virginia Woolf

Nordic Novels

Being Earnest

Truth and Consequences: The Writings of Sybille Bedford

Before I read Clarissa I Was Nobody: Aspirational Reading and Samuel Richardson’s Great Novel

Mendacity and the Magisterium

Madame de Pompadour: Eminence Without Honor

The New Darwinism in the Humanities: Back to Nature, Again

Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture

Vin Audenaire

Metropolitan Life

The New Darwinism in the Humanities: From Plato to Pinker

Artist of Empire: Kipling and Kim

A Fresh Life for Mencken

Forever Forster: Edward Morgan Forster 1879–1970

Civilization and V.S. Naipaul


Reading Greece

Israel and Daniel Deronda

Bloomin’ Genius

The Promise of Idomeneo

John Adams: Realist of the Revolution

Giuseppe Ungaretti and the Image of Desolation

My Roommate Lord Byron

The Future in Your Bones: C. P. Snow 1905-80

Edward W. Said, Intellectual

The Long Proustian Shelf

Madame de Staël: The Inveterate Idealist

Molière, the Servant with No Masters

Norman Podhoretz’s Discourses on America


Ambiguities of Place

Sister Carrie at 101

What Is Human Time?

The Adventures of Saul Bellow

Aborigine in the Citadel

Notes on Emphysema

Clouds, Sensation and the Infinite in the Poetry of John Keats

Goethe’s Perpetual Puberty

The Faith of E. L. Doctorow

John Ruskin: A Brave, Unhappy Life

Death as a Fictitious Event

Angus Wilson

Colette: The Literary Marianne

A Pilgrimage to Santayana

The Dhow’s Gaze: Some Thoughts on Postcolonial Studies