Critical Insights: Power & Corruption

Salem. (Critical Insights). Oct. 2023. 300p. ed. by Robert C. Evans. ISBN 9781637004425. $105. REF
Evans’s (English, Auburn Univ. at Montgomery; The Critical Reception of Flannery O’Connor) new volume in Salem’s “Critical Insights” series analyzes literary texts that focus on power and corruption. Discerning essays by prominent scholars set the stage for detailed exploration. The book delves into a meticulous review of the historical contexts, preceding scholarship, and critical analyses pertinent to the topic. Central to the volume are its critical readings, accompanied by a wealth of supporting resources. Highlighting the fluidity of definitions surrounding power and corruption over time, the anthology underscores how human diversity shapes perceptions within these domains. This provides readers with a multifaceted understanding of the subject matter. From George Orwell to Arthur Miller, the inclusion of seminal literary works alongside insightful analyses and early reviews enriches the scholarly discourse. Brief biographies of the contributors to this volume and a comprehensive index are included.
VERDICT This resource offers nuanced insights and facilitates engagement with the complexities of power and corruption in literature. A worthy addition to the series and a valuable tool for researchers and academics on this subject.
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