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Critical Limit

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 3 August 2024 03:30 PM to 3 August 2024 04:30 PM
Event Venue: The Wheeler Centre

Literary criticism seems to be in an endless state of decline. In so-called Australia, a particular flavour of cultural cringe is yoked to cultural hegemony: a critic might find themselves locked within the ivory tower, or self-censoring for fear of offence, or deliberately pursuing contrarianism for clicks. How, then, do critics move beyond this deadlock? Who decides what is ‘good’ criticism? What, exactly, is the function of criticism at the present time? This panel discussion sees three critics examine the possibilities of literary criticism, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the critic. Together they will pick apart these issues and attempt to propose a future for reviews that takes into account not only writers and editors, but readers and culture as a whole.

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