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

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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.

Approaches to the Fiction of Ursula K Le Guin

familiar , the context in which we find them is entirely strange and anomalous :
the whole world outside the house to ... Instead of estranging a familiar
conceptual framework by putting strange things in it , Le Guin seems to be
estranging the ...

Author: James Warren Bittner

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ISBN: WISC:89010944460

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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.)

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ISBN: UOM:39015040268735

Category: Education

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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

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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.

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University of Sydney Helen Fulton Estranging the Familiar : Toward a Revitalized
Critical Writing , by G . Douglas Atkins . Athens , GA : Georgia University Press ,
1992 , xiv + 180 pp . ( US $ 30 . 00 cloth ) Atkin ' s project is to encourage writing
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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 31.2–3 ( 2005 ) : 223-47 . 28.

Author: Michael A. Chaney

Publisher: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiogr

ISBN: UIUC:30112108622405

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

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In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels ... These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates -- from cover.

Aphra Behn 1640 1689

ESTRANGING THE FAMILIAR , FAMILIARIZING THE STRANGE : SELF AND
OTHER IN OROONOKO AND THE WIDDOW RANTER Margarete Rubik
Oroonoko and The Widdow Ranter both deal with racial conflict and a culture
clash .

Author: Bernard Dhuicq

Publisher: Editions L'Harmattan

ISBN: UOM:39015053485499

Category: Identity (Psychology) in literature

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It was Aphra Behn who opened up new paths for women, in their quest for an identity, to know themselves better by discovering the other. As the many books published in Britain and in the United States over the last years, this volume reveals the numerous facets of the writer, while stressing her ambiguity.

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Estranging the familiar : toward a revitalized critical writing . Georgia , 1992. 203p
index afp ISBN 0-8203-1452-8 , $ 30.00 ; ISBN 0-8203-1453-6 pbk , $ 15.00 A
brilliant , daring , and important book , Estranging the Familiar is a call for a return
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On the Familiar Essay

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.

Author: G. Atkins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230101241

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.

ADE Bulletin

Elsewhere I go into considerably more detail concerning the familiar ( essay )
estranged , focusing on the relation of critical writing and " the burden of history , "
which includes knowledge of the history of the essay ( Estranging ) . Works Cited
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Familiar Quotations

Seem a saint , 69 . Separateth very friends , 554 . to me all the uses , 101 .
Sepulchral urns , 368 . worthy of your love , 418 . Sepulchred in such pomp , 204
. Seeming estranged , 506 . Sepulchres , whited , 569 . evil , still educing good ,
310 .

Author: John Bartlett

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ISBN: HARVARD:HN3GEM

Category: Quotations

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Familiar Studies of Men and Books

This may have been an error from the first , or he may have estranged her by
subsequent misconduct or temerity . One can easily imagine Villon an impatient
wooer . One thing , at least , is sure : that the affair terminated in a manner bitterly
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Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: OXFORD:600072846

Category: Authors

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These studies are collected from the monthly press. One appeared in the New Quarterly, one in Macmillan's, and the rest in the Cornhill Magazine. To the Cornhill I owe a double debt of thanks; first, that I was received there in the very best society, and under the eye of the very best of editors; and second, that the proprietors have allowed me to republish so considerable an amount of copy. These nine worthies have been brought together from many different ages and countries. Not the most erudite of men could be perfectly prepared to deal with so many and such various sides of human life and manners. To pass a true judgment upon Knox and Burns implies a grasp upon the very deepest strain of thought in Scotland, -a country far more essentially different from England than many parts of America; for, in a sense, the first of these men re-created Scotland, and the second is its most essentially national production. To treat fitly of Hugo and Villon would involve yet wider knowledge, not only of a country foreign to the author by race, history, and religion, but of the growth and liberties of art.

Familiar Words an Index Verborum Or Quotation Handbook with Parallel Passages Or Phrases which Have Become Embedded in Our English Tongue

e, 55. prophets of the beautiful, 166. providence estranged, 166. sons are things,
315. Going, order of your, 304. Gold, all is not, that doth golden seem, 166. all
that glitters is not, 166. all that glitters, 347. and ripe-ear'd hopes, 166. apples of,
22 ...

Author: James Hain Friswell

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ISBN: UCAL:$B538141

Category: Quotations, English

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Logic for the Million

Their thoughts , generally estranged from vulgar interests , have nothing in
common with those afiicting ideas with which other men are continually agitated
and corroded . Their reflections are agreeable by their variety , their liberty , and ...

Author: James William Gilbart

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ISBN: HARVARD:HNVHPW

Category: Language and languages

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Familiar studies of men and books Miscellaneous papers

This may have been an error from the first , or he may have estranged her by
subsequent misconduct or temerity . One can easily imagine Villon an impatient
wooer . One thing , at least , is sure : that the affair terminated in a manner bitterly
 ...

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

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ISBN: UIUC:30112042237633

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An Exposition of the Prophecy of Hosea

... yet the law , they accounted now of being estranged from those truths which
heretofore that “ as a strange thing . " have been familiar to you , and of which you
have made Obs . 7. Superstitious people , although very zealous profession ;
take ...

Author: Jeremiah Burroughs

Publisher:

ISBN: CHI:57930755

Category: Bible

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Traces of Contamination

sual texts from the Seccion Femenina, how El cuarto describes a necessary
process of estranging familiar elements of Franco's omnipresent, univocal textual
corpus.3 My reading of the functioning of uncanny images in the novel principally
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Author: Eloy E. Merino

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838755968

Category: Literary Criticism

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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.