Arts Criticism

Course Details

This is a course in writing reviews, critical roundups, and critical essays for the popular press. We will study the dominant issues at play in arts criticism today as well as the publications in which they are being addressed, and the critics who are articulating them. We will deconstruct reviews, debate what makes a good review, and examine the way syntax, word play, tone, and allusion shape literary style in print and broadcast/audio reviews. And we will address ethical considerations reviewers face as well as major controversies they have inspired.