David J. Alworth is Assistant Professor of English and of History and Literature at Harvard University. His first book, Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.
“But Forms is less a defense than a redesign of formalism. Levine doesn’t call for a return to old-school aesthetic appreciation and apolitical close reading as a way to curb historicism run amok. Instead, as many critics have done before her, she looks beyond her discipline for a way around the whole formalism/historicism debate.”...