|The Profession of a Critic|
(University of London, 1953)
|The Sceptre And The Torch|
|The Historical Approach|
|The Limits of Literary Criticism |
(Riddell Memorial Lectures, 1956)
|The Drunkenness Of Noah|
|The Poetry Of St. Mark|
|The Historical Sense|
Note: To criticise is to judge, which means praising achievement while condemning failure. By stating that "The primary critical act is a judgement, the decision that a certain piece of writing has significance and value" and omitting the words "or not", Mrs Gardner is revealing an inability to properly assess any work, for she cannot condemn.
This attitude is an inability to accept harsh truth, which is the embracing of insanity.
Hence the upholding of her judgement by the courts that "Lady Chatterly's Lover" is not obscene, when it clearly is, was merely an early example of the courts inability to defend the community from lunatics. — P Atkinson (29/11/2014)