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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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The Critical Pulse

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about working out in the open, that is, not just publishing in open-access venues but thinking out loud, in public, with a group of colleagues whose thoughts mirror her own. She talks about her blog and how it became a kind of permanent conference, allowing her to engage with friends and colleagues from around the world on a more or less daily basis. She addresses the concerns of many scholars about the unintended consequences of exposing their in-process work to public judgment. She also argues that the disdain for openly distributed scholarship works against scholarship's very purpose: contributing to a developing body of collective knowledge.

Keywords:   Internet, literary criticism, literary critics, blogs, blogging

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