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Founded in 1951, by F. W. Bateson, Essays in Criticism soon achieved world-wide circulation, and is today regarded as one of Britain's most distinguished journals of literary criticism.

In this blog post, based on an article in the journal English, Alexander Hutton looks at the role of F. W. Bateson (and three other influential critics) in the politics of English as an academic discipline between the 1930s and 1960s. Essays in Criticism is an Oxford journal, but it has a world-wide circulation and suitable articles from abroad are welcome. Moreover, whilst always pursuing new directions and responding to new developments, Essays in Criticism has kept a balance between the constructive and the sceptical, giving the journal particular value at a time when criticism has become so diversified. Essays in Criticism covers the whole field of English Literature from the time of Chaucer to the present day. The journal maintains that originality in interpretation must be allied to the best scholarly standards. Decisions on acceptance are made as promptly as possible, and publication is usually within a year. Essays in Criticism covers the whole field of English Literature from the time of Chaucer to the present day. Founded in 1951, by F. W. Bateson, Essays in Criticism soon achieved world-wide circulation, and is today regarded as one of Britain's most distinguished journals of literary criticism.