Elizabeth Allen

David Gilbey Reviews Adam Aitken and Elizabeth Allen

In a judicious review of two ‘lucid and intelligent books’ on the job of the literary critic* and of a new edition of Eric Auerbach’s Mimesis, Edward Mendelsohn argued against the essential nostalgia of criticism in favour of a version of Kant’s ‘universal subjective’: finding ways to cross ‘the disputed border between popular and elite culture … without pretending it doesn’t exist’.

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The oranges I buy from the grocery store are okay if a bit over-priced. Their skin is unblemished. They taste like an orange, have an orange’s large roundness. If someone asked you to think of a fruit that is orange, …

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