Whiskey Tit is pleased to present our first collection of unrelenting Literary Criticism from outside the usual hellish circles. From the preface:
In the work that follows, a compilation of predominantly previously-published essays on literature, ranging from bona fide scholarly interventions, to reflective articles and review-essays which I deem to be of substantial enough worth, both as themselves and as regarding their objects – I hope to have shown most pressingly a capacity for insight. When speaking of insight, Lonergan sees this phenomenon of rigorous awareness as the pivot and mediator between the concrete and the abstract. And, with due (and ludic, no doubt) humility, I couldn’t agree more. To penetrate individual literary artefacts with one’s reading-mind, to unravel and then re-construct their general dynamics so to speak, has been to date my most flourishing gift. And in so far, following Lonergan, as insight is ‘a function not of outer circumstances but of inner conditions,’ I hold that in coming to know the various works discussed in the book of essays pursuant, among others, I have always been at the same time coming to know myself.