The Function of Criticism at the Present Time
Lauren Berlant is a critic’s critic, a feminist’s feminist, and a thinker’s friend....
Virginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric in the departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005) and the co-editor (with Yopie Prins) of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Her book Before Modernism: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry in Public, is forthcoming from Princeton, and she is now at work on After Poetry, a book on twenty-first-century American poetics.