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K.K. Ruthven

K.K. Ruthven chaired the University of Melbourne’s English Department.

K.K. Ruthven reviews 'Engendered Fictions: Analysing gender in the production and reception of texts' by Anne Cranny-Francis

December 1992, no. 147 01 December 1992
An ancient grammarian who had pondered Horace’s remarks on whether a good poem is the product of natural aptitude (ingenium) or acquired skills (studium) opted for ingenium and produced what was to become a much-quoted aphorism: poeta nascitur non fit, ‘a poet is born, not made’. His privileging of ‘nature’ over ‘art’ is favoured by those anxious to preserve the mystery of poetry by ... (read more)

K.K. Ruthven reviews 'Criticism in Society' by Imre Salusinszky

August 1987, no, 93 01 August 1987
Living with Stress and Anxiety is the title of one of those self-help guides put out by Manchester University Press in its ‘Living With …’ series; Living with Breast Cancer and Mastectomy is another. Living with Literary Theory is not a scheduled volume, I imagine, although some people who work in the lit. crit. business seem to regard literary theory as a prime source of anxiety for which t ... (read more)