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Evaluative criticism appears to be out of fashion in the academy, and the role of the professional critic disparaged in the wider culture. So how do we make the case for the value of literature now? How can this be articulated in ways that avoid the traps of both traditional liberal humanism and the contemporary culture wars? Does the therapeutic case for great literature compromise its academic study? How do we build a truly constructive relationship between English and Creative Writing? And can the valuing of literature in its own right coexist with the building of interdisciplinary alliances across the humanities?  

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These hybrid in-person/on Zoom events will be held at the IES at 1.00-2.00pm, with sandwiches provided.