The Intimate Critique

The Intimate Critique

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For a long time now, readers and scholars have strained against the limits of traditional literary criticism, whose preceptsa€”above all, qobjectivityqa€”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 volumea€”including Jane Tompkins, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Shirley Nelson Garner, and Shirley Goek-Lin Lima€”respond in new, refreshing ways to literary subjects ranging from Homer to Freud, Middlemarch to The Woman Warrior, Shiva Naipaul to Frederick Douglass. Revealing the beliefs and formative life experiences that inform their essays, these writers characteristically recount the process by which their opinions took shape--a process as conducive to self-discovery as it is to critical insight. The resulta€”which has been referred to as qpersonal writing, q qexperimental critical writing, q or qintellectual autobiographyqa€”maps a dramatic change in the direction of literary criticism. Contributors. Julia Balen, Dana Beckelman, Ellen Brown, Sandra M. Brown, Rosanne Kanhai-Brunton, Suzanne Bunkers, Peter Carlton, Brenda Daly, Victoria Ekanger, Diane P. Freedman, Olivia Frey, Shirley Nelson Garner, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Melody Graulich, Gail Griffin, Dolan Hubbard, Kendall, Susan Koppelman, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Linda Robertson, Carol Taylor, Jane Tompkins, Cheryl Torsney, Trace Yamamoto, Frances Murphy Zauhar... Writingaquot; in my book, An Alchemy of Genres: Cross-Genre Writing by American Feminist Poet-Critics (Char- lottesville: ... In this essay, Freud/my reading of the Freudian text and now Gallop (along with Rich, Anzaldua, Griffin, Christian, andanbsp;...

Title:The Intimate Critique
Author: Diane P. Freedman, Olivia Frey, Frances Murphy Zauhar
Publisher:Duke University Press - 1993-01

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