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How to Be an IntellectualEssays on Criticism, Culture, and the University$
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Jeffrey J. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001

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How Critics Became Smart

How Critics Became Smart

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(p.37) Four How Critics Became Smart
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How to Be an Intellectual
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Jeffrey J. Williams

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.003.0005

This chapter traces the history of judgment in academic criticism. It does so through keywords that critics used, from "sound" to "intelligence" to "rigor" to "smart." The current popularity of smart suggests our more commercial stress on striking features rather than sound scholarship.

Keywords:   Contemporary criticism and theory, The history of criticism, Academic rigor, Deconstruction, The research university

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