Friends in Criticism

Contra: art will never be free from the objectivism. Struggle all you want.

Below is a list of sites which the fellow-traveler in literary criticism, Let’s Reads, Critical Theory, and reviews will want to explore.

UMF Student Blogs

Student: Curtis Cole

The Pop Culture Coup: blog of UMF student Curtis Cole, features a variety of reviews and popular deconstructions from a revolutionary perspective.

Medieval Insights: research blog of UMF student Curtis Cole, features a variety of notes, essays, and Let’s Reads on medieval and neo-medieval texts.

Leftist Criticism

Salvage: non-sectarian publications of essays, poems, art and other forms of culture which seek to liberate humanity. “Salvage is edited and written by and for the desolated Left, by and for those committed to radical change, sick of capitalism and its sadisms, and sick too of the Left’s bad faith and bullshit.”

The Charnel House: pieces which focus on aesthetics and art in the contemporary, this blog is one of the largest Left-wing blog sites on the internet, and they publish pieces which many will find intriguing, especially if you have an interest in the Frankfurt School and politicized artistic practice.

Red-Wedge Magazine: an academic Marxist publication focused on re-imagining the modern communist aesthetic.

Liberal-progressive Criticism

Ronan Wills: deconstructions and Let’s Reads of genre pieces usually surveyed by academics.Written non-academically and usually with a liberal sense of humor.

Ferretbrain: ” Ferretbrain is an easy-going, irreverent e-zine about stuff – we publish reviews, essays, opinion pieces, podcasts and whatever else we thought was cool at the time.”

Film Criticism

Curnblog: a website for aficionados of films, reviews, dissections of popular trailers, and more; if you have a passion for cinema, then consider becoming a contributor! Send in your best pieces and get a discussion going.

Sister Sites & Assorted Academic Interests

UMF English Department blog: the website for the University of Maine at Farmington’s English department. Features some reviews and student pieces, course updates, and summaries on campus events.

Jstor Daily: academically thought-provoking articles on a wide variety of subjects; regularly updated, this interesting site will give many in the humanities food for the brain.

(Additional suggestions are always welcome. Please ensure, however, that all suggestions are from sites which regularly update.)