Estranging the Familiar

" When the essay combines good writing with the concerns of the personal, Atkins says, it becomes a form of criticism that is readable, vital, and potentially attractive to a large readership.

Author: George Douglas Atkins

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820314532

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 203

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In Estranging the Familiar, G. Douglas Atkins addresses the often lamented state of scholarly and critical writing as he argues for a criticism that is at once theoretically informed and personal. The revitalized critical writing he advocates may entail--but is not limited to--a return to the essay, the form critical writing once took and the form that is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity and excellence. Atkins contends that to reach a general audience, criticism must move away from the impersonality of modern criticism and contemporary theory without embracing the old-fashioned essay. "The venerable familiar essay may remain the basis," Atkins writes, "but its conventional openness, receptivity, and capaciousness must extend to theory, philosophy, and the candor that seems to mark the tail-end of the twentieth century." In noting the timeliness, if not the necessity, of a return to the essay, Atkins also considers our culture's parallel "return to the personal." When the essay combines good writing with the concerns of the personal, Atkins says, it becomes a form of criticism that is readable, vital, and potentially attractive to a large readership. Atkins hopes critics will tap into the revitalized interest the essay now enjoys without ignoring the considerable insights and advances of contemporary theory. He argues that despite claims to the contrary there is no inherent incompatibility between the essay and modern theory. As Atkins considers various experiments in critical writing from Plato to the present, notably feminist interest in the personal and autobiographical, he contends that these attempts, although undeniably important, fall short of the desired goal when they emphasize the merely expressive and neglect the artful quality good writing can bring to personal criticism. The final third of the book consists of a series of experiments in critical writing that represent the author's own attempts to bridge the gap between theory and popular criticism, between an academic and a general audience. In essays that illustrate the rhetorical power of the form, Atkins describes the reciprocal relationship between his life experience and a reading of The Odyssey, explains the role that theory has played in his personal development, and chronicles his attempts to find a voice as a writer.

Estranging the Familiar

The revitalised critical writing he advocated may entail - but is not limited to - a return to the essay, the form critical writing once took and the form that is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity and excellence.

Author: George Douglas Atkins


ISBN: 0820314528

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 203

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In Estranging the Familiar, G. Douglas Atkins addresses the often lamented state of scholarly and critical writing as he argues for a criticism that is at once theoretically informed and personal. The revitalised critical writing he advocated may entail - but is not limited to - a return to the essay, the form critical writing once took and the form that is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity and excellence.

On the Familiar Essay

In Selzer's skilled hands, the strange becomes familiar precisely when the familiar is estranged. Estranging the familiar creates space for—creating the site of—art. “A Worm from My Notebook” is not about its author, ...

Author: G. Atkins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230101241

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Rooted in close reading of texts, including the essays of E.B. White, this comprehensive assessment of the oft-slighted subform of the literary essay situates the familiar at the heart of the essay as form.

Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels

Naghibi and O'Malley, “Estranging the Familiar,” 231, 242. See Lily Glasner's “Embracing Childish Perspective: Rutu Modan's A Royal Banquet with the Queen” in this volume. Elahi, “Frames and Mirrors,” 313.

Author: Carolene Ayaka

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317687160

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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Multiculturalism, and its representation, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics. This book presents a wide ranging survey of the ways in which comics have dealt with the diversity of creators and characters and the (lack of) visibility for characters who don’t conform to particular cultural stereotypes. Contributors engage with ethnicity and other cultural forms from Israel, Romania, North America, South Africa, Germany, Spain, U.S. Latino and Canada and consider the ways in which comics are able to represent multiculturalism through a focus on the formal elements of the medium. Discussion themes include education, countercultures, monstrosity, the quotidian, the notion of the ‘other," anthropomorphism, and colonialism. Taking a truly international perspective, the book brings into dialogue a broad range of comics traditions.

Graphic Subjects

See also Naghibi and Andrew O'Malley's discussion of the tension between the universal and the particular in “Estranging the Familiar: 'East and West in Satrapi's Persepolis,” English Studies in Canada . – ( ): –  ...

Author: Michael A. Chaney

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299251031

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 339

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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese. These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates. The volume insightfully highlights the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and life stories into their work. The result is a challenging and innovative collection that reveals the combined power of autobiography and the graphic novel.

Rome and the Worlds beyond Its Frontiers

CHAPTER 2 Estranging the Familiar—Rome's Ambivalent Approach to Britain Gil Gambash On the eve of the Roman invasion of Britain, reports Dio, there arose a mutiny among the troops stationed in Gaul, on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.

Author: Daniëlle Slootjes

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004326750

Category: History

Page: 276

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Rome and the Worlds Beyond Its Frontiers examines interactions between those within and those beyond the boundaries of Rome, with an eye to the question of contested identities and identity formations.

Women the Novel and Natural Philosophy 1660 1727

... of Aphra Behn,” in ReShaping the Genres: Restoration Women Writers, ed. Zenón LuisMartinez andJorge FigueroaDorrego(NewYork: PeterLange, 239. 34. Todd, General Introduction, 1:xi. 35. Margarete Rubik, “Estranging the Familiar, ...

Author: K. Gevirtz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137386762

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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This book shows how early women novelists from Aphra Behn to Mary Davys drew on debates about the self generated by the 'scientific' revolution to establish the novel as a genre. Fascinated by the problematic idea of a unified self underpinning modes of thinking, female novelists innovated narrative structures to interrogate this idea.

Confessions of the Critics

San Francisco: Spinsters/ Aunt Lute, 1987. Appiah, Anthony. In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. New York/ Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. Atkins, G. Douglas. Estranging the Familiar: Towards a Revitalized ...

Author: H. Aram Veeser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317971511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reading Essays

Doris Grumbach, Fifty Days of Solitude Estranging the Familiar Alice Meynell's “Solitudes” this beautiful little essayless than three pages in Lydia Fakundiny's anthology The Art ofthe Essayis to be read in solitude, sa- vored, perused, ...

Author: G. Douglas Atkins

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 082033653X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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Approaches abound to help us beneficially, enjoyably read fiction, poetry, and drama. Here, for the first time, is a book that aims to do the same for the essay. G. Douglas Atkins performs sustained readings of more than twenty-five major essays, explaining how we can appreciate and understand what this currently resurgent literary form reveals about the “art of living.” Atkins’s readings cover a wide spectrum of writers in the English language--and his readings are themselves essays, gracefully written, engaged, and engaging. Atkins starts with the earliest British practitioners of the form, including Francis Bacon, John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson. Transcendentalist writers Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson are included, as are works by Americans James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and E. B. White. Atkins also provides readings of a number of contemporary essayists, among them Annie Dillard, Scott Russell Sanders, and Cynthia Ozick. Many of the readings are of essays that Atkins has used successfully in the classroom, with undergraduate and graduate students, for many years. In his introduction Atkins offers practical advice on the specific demands essays make and the unique opportunities they offer, especially for college courses. The book ends with a note on the writing of essays, furthering the author’s contention that reading should not be separated from writing. Reading Essays continues in the tradition of such definitive texts as Understanding Poetry and Understanding Fiction. Throughout, Atkins reveals the joy, delight, grace, freedom, and wisdom of “the glorious essay.”

Justice as Attunement

Tully shares with others an image of art as a medium for estranging the 'familiar' (201–6). In this potentially productive alienation*, there is also a familiarizing of the strange. This image of art is at work here in the present book.

Author: Richard Dawson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136000485

Category: Law

Page: 272

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The meaning of an expression resides not in the expression itself but in the experience of a person’s engagement with it. Meaning will be different not only to different people but also to the same person at different times. This book offers a way of attending to these different meanings. This way (or method) is a version of a trans-cultural activity that Richard Dawson calls attunement. The activity of attunement involves a movement of self-adjustment to a language, which a person transforms in her or his use of it. Consciously performing the activity can enable understanding of the processes by which we constitute ourselves and others when we use a language. This directly connects to the topic justice, which is concerned with constituting appropriate selves and relations. Justice as Attunement engages with a wide range of texts – legal, literary, economic, philosophical, among others – and illuminates many useful and fascinating connections between them. There is a sense in which this book transcends disciplinary boundaries, for, in addition to students and scholars of law, literature, economics, and philosophy, it is written to a general reader who is interested in reflecting on and doing justice to their experiences in life.

Irish Literature Since 1990

but for regenerative new ways of estranging the familiar, 'freshening your outlook, beyond the range you thought you'd settled for' (ST, p. 99). In a feature in The Times at the time of publication of District and Circle, ...

Author: Michael Parker

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781847795052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. This is a distinctive book that examines the diversity and energy of writing in a period marked by the unparalleled global prominence of Irish culture. This collection provides a wide-ranging survey of fiction, poetry and drama over the last two decades, considering both well-established figures and also emerging writers who have received relatively little critical attention. Contributors explore the central developments within Irish culture and society that have transformed the writing and reading of identity, sexuality, history and gender. The book examines the impact of Mary Robinson’s Presidency; growing cultural confidence ‘back home’; legislative reform on sexual and moral issues; the uneven effects generated by the resurgence of the Irish economy (the ‘Celtic Tiger’ myth); Ireland’s increasingly prominent role in Europe; and changing reputation. In its breadth and critical currency, this book will be of particular interest to academics and students working in the fields of literature, drama and cultural studies.

The Foundations of Social Research

Instead, defamiliarisation—a making new by estranging the familiar— characterizes modernism's project to reunify human sensibility, dissociated by the hegemony of positivist science. Paradoxically, the healing of the breach between ...

Author: Michael Crotty

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446225745

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.

Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Renaissance Cosmopolitanism

Speaking other than what it means, estranging the familiar sense of words, familiar times and places, and familiar patterns of cause and effect, the scripture demands allegorical interpretation. At a moment of especially intense ...

Author: Robert E. Stillman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317081227

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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Celebrations of literary fictions as autonomous worlds appeared first in the Renaissance and were occasioned, paradoxically, by their power to remedy the ills of history. Robert E. Stillman explores this paradox in relation to Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy, the first Renaissance text to argue for the preeminence of poetry as an autonomous form of knowledge in the public domain. Offering a fresh interpretation of Sidney's celebration of fiction-making, Stillman locates the origins of his poetics inside a neglected historical community: the intellectual elite associated with Philip Melanchthon (leader of the German Reformation after Luther), the so-called Philippists. As a challenge to traditional Anglo-centric scholarship, his study demonstrates how Sidney's education by Continental Philippists enabled him to dignify fiction-making as a compelling form of public discourse-compelling because of its promotion of powerful new concepts about reading and writing, its ecumenical piety, and its political ambition to secure through natural law (from universal 'Ideas') freedom from the tyranny of confessional warfare. Intellectually ambitious and wide-ranging, this study draws together various elements of contemporary scholarship in literary, religious, and political history in order to afford a broader understanding of the Defence and the cultural context inside which Sidney produced both his poetry and his poetics.

New Wave Shakespeare on Screen

... sampling concentrates artistic energy on the process of selection, extraction, and reuse of recorded material. In this case, Sanko's music has the effect of estranging the familiar rhythms of compressed time in the action montage.

Author: Thomas Cartelli

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745633923

Category: Drama

Page: 201

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The past fifteen years have witnessed a diverse group of experiments in ‘staging’ Shakespeare on film. New Wave Shakespeare on Screen introduces and applies the new analytic techniques and language that are required to make sense of this new wave. Drawing on developments in Shakespeare studies, performance studies, and media studies, the book integrates text-based and screen-based approaches in ways that will be accessible to teachers and students, as well as scholars. The study maps a critical vocabulary for interpreting Shakespeare film; addresses script-to-screen questions about authority and performativity; outlines varied approaches to adaptation such as revival, recycling, allusion, and sampling; parses sound as well as visual effects; and explores the cross-pollination between film and other media, from ancient to cutting-edge. New Wave Shakespeare on Screen emphasizes how rich the payoffs can be when Shakespeareans turn their attention to film adaptations as texts: aesthetically complex, historically situated, and as demanding in their own right as the playtexts they renovate. Works discussed include pop culture films like Billy Morrisette’s Scotland, PA; televised updatings like the ITV Othello; and art-house films such as Julie Taymor’s Titus, Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard, Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet, and Kristian Levering’s The King is Alive. These films reframe the playtexts according to a variety of extra-Shakespearean interests, inviting viewers back to them in fresh ways.


The exhibit's hybridity explores the significance of this split between the nanoworld and the “common sense” of macroscale intuition and experience, rendering the strange familiar and the estranging the familiar.

Author: N. Katherine Hayles

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781841501130

Category: Science

Page: 255

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NanoCulture explores the ways in which nanotechnology interacts with, and itself becomes, a cultural construction. Topics include the co-construction of nanoscience and science fiction; the influence of risk assessment and nanotechnology on the shapes of narratives; intersections between nanoscience as a writing practice and experimental literature at the limits of fabrication; the Alice-in-Wonderland metaphor for nanotechnology; and the effects of mediation on nanotechnology and electronic literature.

Traces of Contamination

... enters into her sensualized estranging of familiar Catholic dogma and the Seccion Femenina's text. But in C.'s case, the man in black as 'the devil' is above all an uncanny figure, a realization of an image of maximum opposition to ...

Author: Eloy E. Merino

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838755968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

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"Exposing two general perspectives, both manifestations of an authoritarian past that still holds a relationship with the present, this collection reveals the ideological legacy of the past and its experience as a distressing conditioner of the present. The dissonant elements of post-Franco discourse critically analyzed by our contributors challenge the seamless narrative that tells the successful story of the Spanish transition to democracy."--BOOK JACKET.

Approaches to the Fiction of Ursula K Le Guin

Instead of estranging a familiar conceptual framework by putting strange things in it , Le Guin seems to be estranging the familiar things in our world by putting them into a strange frame . Thus the relationship between the two senses ...

Author: James Warren Bittner


ISBN: WISC:89010944460


Page: 968

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Children s Literature

It may thus be argued that the uncanny discovery of the estranging within the familiar that Montgomery experienced in both her childhood and her marriage and found clearly connected to her own psychic life, is mirrored in Emily's ...

Author: Elizabeth Lennox Keyser

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300088915

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Articles of this book - Donelle Ruwe Guarding the British Bible from Rousseau; Ruth Carver Capasso Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century French Children’s Literature; Ken Parille 'Wake up, and be a man'; Claudia Nelson Drying the Orphan’s Tear; Kate Lawson The 'Disappointed' House; Fern Kory Once upon a Time in Aframerica; Laura B. Comoletti and Michael D. C. Drout How They Do Things with Words; Philip Nel 'Never overlook the art of the seemingly simple'; Sandra Beckett Parodic Play with Paintings in Picture Books; Clare Bradford The End of Empire?

Victorians and Mystery

CHAPTER 7 Estranging the Familiar : Veils of Reserve in Trollope and James Mysteries of identity in fiction are not limited to characters like Thackeray's Becky Sharp or Borrow's Lavengro , whose sense of self is unstable and dissolving ...

Author: William David Shaw

Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015017888119

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

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Victorian literature, according to Shaw, gives rise to a wealth of questions and mysteries. Addressing crises of representation in poetry, fiction, and nonfictional prose in light of similar crises in philosophical, theological, and scientific literature, Shaw here examines the nature and sources of Victorian mystery.

Philosophy of Education

Has Falk made good on his promise of estranging the familiar ? In order to answer this question , we turn to Fredric Jameson , whose commentary on the " usefulness " of Brecht for academic production informs Falk's use of Brechtian ...

Author: Philosophy of Education Society (U.S.)


ISBN: UOM:39015040268735

Category: Education


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