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Forms of Attention: Botticelli and Hamlet
by Frank Kermode
foreword by Frank Lentricchia
University of Chicago Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-226-43175-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-43176-5
Library of Congress Classification NX640.K47 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 809

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

 

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