April 21, 2004

The field of Classics is not overstocked with trendy PoMo authors, but there are a few exceptions, the most notorious being John Henderson of King's College, Cambridge. In the April 16th TLS, Emily Wilson reviews his latest as follows (page 6):

Reading Henderson is stimulating and infuriating in almost equal measure. His playfulness is sometimes refreshing, and sometimes deeply wearisome. He is pathologically unable to resist a Derridean trick or tic. His typ(olog)ical gimmicks sometimes seem like mere doodling, and his enjoyment of his own cleverness can feel irritatingly exclusive: we get to watch, while he pleasures himself. Readers usually want a bit more share in the action than this.

There's more, but that's the best part.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at April 21, 2004 11:15 PM