The Intimate Critique: Autobiographical Literary Criticism
edited by Diane P. Freedman, Olivia Frey, and Frances Murphy Zauhar
Duke University Press, 1993
excerpt from book cover: For a long time now, readers and scholars have strained against the limits of traditional literary criticism, whose precepts—above all “objectivity”—seem to have so little to do with the highly personal and deeply felt experience of literature. The Intimate Critique marks a movement away from this tradition. With their rich spectrum of personal and passionate voices, these essays challenge and ultimately breach the boundaries between criticism and narrative, experience and expression, literature and life. Grounded in feminism and connected to the race, class, and gender paradigms in cultural studies, the twenty-six contributors to this volume—including Jane Tompkins, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Shirley Nelson Garner, and Shirley Goek-Lin Lim—respond in new, refreshing ways to literary subjects ranging from Homer to Freud, Middlemarch to The Woman Warrior, Shiva Naipaul to Frederick Douglass.
Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820
by Jan Golinski
Cambridge University Press, 1992
excerpt from book cover: Science as Public Culture joins a growing number of recent studies examining science as a practical activity in specific social settings. Professor Golinski considers the development of chemistry in Britain in the period from 1760 to 1820, and relates it to the rise and subsequent eclipse of forms of civic life characteristic of the European Enlightenment. Within this framework the careers of prominent chemists such as William Cullen, Joseph Black, Joseph Priestly, Thomas Beddoes, and Humphry Davy are interpreted in a new light. The major discoveries of the time, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and the electrical decomposition of water, are set against the background of alternative ways of constructing science as a public enterprise.
Deconstructing Morphology: Word Formation in Syntactic Theory
by Rochelle Lieber
University of Chicago Press (April 15, 1992)
One of the major contributions to theoretical linguistics during the twentieth century has been an advancement of our understanding that the information-bearing units which make up human language are organized on a hierarchy of levels. It has been an overarching goal of research since the 1930s to determine the precise nature of those levels and what principles guide interactions among them.
Linguists have typically posited phonological, morphological, and syntactic levels, each with its own distinct vocabulary and organizing principles, but in Deconstructing Morphology Rochelle Lieber persuasively challenges the existence of a morphological level of language. Her argument, that rules and vocabulary claimed to belong to the morphological level in fact belong to the levels of syntax and phonology, follows the work of Sproat, Toman, and others. Her study, however, is the first to draw jointly on Chomsky's Government-Binding Theory of syntax and on recent research in phonology.
Ranging broadly over data from many languages—including Tagalog, English, French, and Dutch—Deconstructing Morphology addresses key questions in current morphological and phonological research and provides an innovative view of the overall architecture of grammar.
excerpt from book jacket: “This volume explores the new possibilities for the therapeutic process of adopting a social constructionist perspective. The starting point for all the contributors is a concern with socially constructed "texts." On one hand, our senses of self, identity, and life purpose are fundamentally, socially and culturally embedded. On the other, no single cultural script is all powerful. In social constructionist therapy, a key process is the co-creation by therapists and clients of new, more satisfactory "stories," in ways which nevertheless recognize their social, relational character…The first part of the book looks at the theoretical basis for social constructionist therapy, including the implications for client-therapist relationships. Authors then explore various approaches in practice…the final section presents an exhilarating mix of overview, self-critique, and an agenda for the future." --C. L.Kleinke, University of Alaska, Anchorage
An Alchemy of Genres: Cross Genre Writing by American Feminist Poet-Critics
by Diane P. Freedman
University Press of Virginia, 1992
excerpt from book cover:An Alchemy of Genres analyzes the hybrid forms women create to express multiple and conflicting identities in a culture that has long silenced persons not of the dominant gender, race, ethnicity, class, or sexual orientation. Providing a new and distinctive theoretical framework for approaching women writers and women’s writing, Diane P. Freedman seeks throughout to explore and inform not only through argument and accumulation of textual evidence but through demonstrating in her own prose style the power of the cross-genre composition practices of the writers she celebrates.