Forum (May 2014)

The Cliché as Complaint and Critique

  • Jakob Norberg

Journal volume & issue
no. 18


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The cliché is a peripheral term in our critical vocabulary. Reviewers, critics, and editors speak of clichés, but dictionaries of critical terms rarely provide entries on the word. This paper asks whether pointing out clichés represents a form of critique or whether it is just quibbling, and how we draw the line between scrutiny and pedantry.