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Video: Now the Work of Criticism

Writing Centre

This lecture, recorded on April 19th 2023, features Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor, Distinguished Research Professor, Emerita, delve into criticism as it relates to democracy.

The critical questions raised are not the usual ones evoked in the fields of literary studies and criticism but are nonetheless essential to survival; we hope to briefly examine here the work of criticism, in the context of serious threats to democracy all over the world, including the democracies of North America. Can resources of criticism be harnessed in the name of democratic values?