Nineteen Principles for Literary Criticism

Below you’ll find my liberal translation of Roberto Schwarz’s satirical “19 princípios para a crítica literária.” Reading this, for me, creates a contrast between, on one hand, strikingly familiar and seemingly universal traits of bad criticism and, on the other, rather remote-sounding and dated critics and paradigms. For my generation, Wellek is lost in the dim mists of 1970s lit-crit seminars, Wolfgang Kayser is unknown, and Todorov is just . . . well . . . old. I suppose »