Forms of Attention
Botticelli and Hamlet
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Sir Frank Kermode, the British scholar, instructor, and author, was an inspired critic. Forms of Attention is based on a series of three lectures he gave on canon formation, or how we choose what art to value. The essay on Botticelli traces the artist’s sudden popularity in the nineteenth century for reasons that have more to do with poetry than painting. In the second essay, Kermode reads Hamlet from a very modern angle, offering a useful (and playful) perspective for a contemporary audience. The final essay is a defense of literary criticism as a process and conversation that, while often conflating knowledge with opinion, keeps us reading great art and working with—and for—literature.
- Category: Literary Criticism
- Published: Aug 15, 2011
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press
- Seller: Chicago Distribution Center
- Print Length: 112 Pages
- Language: English