Is Shakespeare Any Good? And Other Questions on How to Evaluate Literature

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Is Shakespeare any Good? reveals why certain literary works and authors are treated as superior to others, and questions the literary establishment’s criteria for creating an imperium of “great” writers.

Enables readers to articulate and formulate their own arguments about the quality of literature – including works that convention forbids us to dislike
Dismantles the claims of academic criticism – particularly Theory – to tell us anything useful about why we like or appreciate literature
Challenges and shatters many longstanding beliefs about literature and its evaluation
Poses serious questions about the value of literature, and studying literature, and presents these in a lively and entertainingly provocative manner
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages344
ISBN (Electronic)9781118220009
ISBN (Print)9781118219973
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Nov 2015


  • Theory
  • Aesthetics


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