Category: Writing About Literature

The ideology lurking behind reviews

In this post, I examine three reviews and question the assumptions that are brought to bear in order to ascertain whether or not the performance reviewed is considered ‘good’ or not. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform live in Atlantic City Review 1 from Billboard by Joe Lynch This review is of a concert in Atlantic…

What is literature?

Literature, s. learning, skill in letters. Dr Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary This definition of ‘literature’ provided by Dr Johnson was penned in the middle of the eighteenth century. Here he is as played by Robbie Coltrane in the third Blackadder series: This is such a clever episode, and it’s one of my favourites. The line which makes me…