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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


See T ransference (counter) Critical Inquiry. In 1974 Sheldon Sacks founded Critical Inquiry , a quarterly publication from the University of Chicago Press, and gave it the subtitle: “a voice for reasoned inquiry into significant creations of the human spirit.” Later issues omit this subtitle, but the journal's goal remains the same; Critical Inquiry is a pluralistic journal concerned with C ritical theories of vastly diverse range and origin. As the current editor W.J.T. Mitchell wrote in 1982, Critical Inquiry should not be considered “aimless eclecticism;” the journal blends its own brand of pluralism in an attempt to provoke and mediate arguments in numerous areas of critical thought. Mitchell labels the practice “dialectical pluralism,” which “insists on pushing divergent theories and practices toward confrontation and dialogue.” The goal, by Mitchell's admission, is idealistic and never actually realized. In practice, however, Critical Inquiry provides the next best alternative: an intriguing sequence of debates among distinguished scholars. Its one downfall is that the writing is often distractingly intellectual and plagued with academic jargon. Every issue contains essays by internationally known writers: Frank K ermode , J acques D errida , Stanlcy F ish , and Michcl F oucault appear alongside M.H. Abrams, Donald D avidson , and Catherine Stimpson. While the ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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