James Jiang

About James Jiang

James Jiang teaches in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne. He has written for The Cambridge Quarterly, The Wallace Stevens Journal, William James Studies, Cordite Poetry Review, and Southerly, and has an essay forthcoming in Modernism/modernity. He is currently working on a monograph that explores the religious underpinnings of modernist discourses of character.

Articles about James Jiang

Articles by James Jiang

Literary Criticism A Concise Political History by Joseph North

So Far, So Left?: Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History by Joseph North

I think it would be a mistake to read Literary Criticism as simply another history of twentieth-century criticism. The tendentious and programmatic shaving down of local complexities allows North to sharpen his polemic into manifesto-like poignancy. One of the peculiarities of the manifesto is that it presumes the existence of something it is actually engaged in creating. This, I think, accounts for the odd yet telling choice to name a book after a practice that in its own account has been off the disciplinary map for at least the last few decades.