Critics getting it wrong

From The Chronicle for Higher Education: "What are the underlying intellectual, creative, and aesthetic issues that can cause even brilliant critics to misfire? An answer can be found in the tension between what we might call literary time and critical time. Critics, of course, have deadlines. A given review or essay must appear by such and such a date. But as Terry Eagleton points out in "Literary Theory: An Introduction," the designation 'classic' or 'literary masterpiece' is almost always retrospective. … Eagleton establishes that there is no intrinsic property that can safely lead a critic to confer the coveted tag of 'literary value' to a work."

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