Estranging the Familiar

"Estranging the familiar" means something else too: if we adopt the essay as our form, eschewing the perhaps outmoded, positivistic article, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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

Publisher:

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.

Familiar and Foreign

Estranging the Familiar: 'East' and 'West' in Satrapi's Persepolis.” English Studies in Canada 31.2–3 (2005): 22–48. Neyestani, Mana.

Author: Manijeh Mannani

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 9781927356869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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he current political climate of confrontation between Islamist regimes and Western governments has resulted in the proliferation of essentialist perceptions of Iran and Iranians in the West. Such perceptions do not reflect the complex evolution of Iranian identity that occurred in the years following the Constitutional Revolution (1906–11) and the anti-imperialist Islamic Revolution of 1979. Despite the Iranian government’s determined pursuance of anti-Western policies and strict conformity to religious principles, the film and literature of Iran reflect the clash between a nostalgic pride in Persian tradition and an apparent infatuation with a more Eurocentric modernity. In Familiar and Foreign, Mannani and Thompson set out to explore the tensions surrounding the ongoing formulation of Iranian identity by bringing together essays on poetry, novels, memoir, and films. These include both canonical and less widely theorized texts, as well as works of literature written in English by authors living in diaspora. Challenging neocolonialist stereotypes, these critical excursions into Iranian literature and film reveal the limitations of collective identity as it has been configured within and outside of Iran. Through the examination of works by, among others, the iconic female poet Forugh Farrokhzad, the expatriate author Goli Taraqqi, the controversial memoirist Azar Nafisi, and the graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis, this volume engages with the complex and contested discourses of religion, patriarchy, and politics that are the contemporary product of Iran’s long and revolutionary history.

Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels

Naghibi and O«Malley, ®Estranging the Familiar, ̄ 231, 242. 9. SeeLily Glasner«s ®EmbracingChildish Perspective: Rutu Modan«s A Royal Banquetwith theQueen ̄ ...

Author: Carolene Ayaka

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317687153

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.

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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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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ISBN: STANFORD:36105004907981

Category: Academic libraries

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A Stanislaw Lem Reader

Although structurally antithetical , these two variants of estrangement meet on a
deeper cognitive level , in both cases trying to tell us something significant about
our own society . Both function by estranging the familiar and accentuating the ...

Author: Peter Swirski

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810114941

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 129

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This collection assembles in-depth and insightful writings by and about, and interviews with, one of the most fascinating writers of the twentieth century. Anyone interested in Lem's provocative and uncompromising view of literature's role in the contemporary cultural environment, and in Lem's opinions about his own fiction, about the relation of literature to science and technology, and the dead ends of contemporary culture, will be fascinated by this eclectic collection.

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 ...

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?

Estranging the Novel

... as a descriptive device does not only ornament a text; it can also serve to explicate, or translate, relating something unknown to something familiar.

Author: Katarzyna Bartoszyńska

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421440644

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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"The author's comparative approach to studying literary form makes a forceful case for a more geographically and formally expansive vision of the novel"--

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 of world is ...

Author: James Warren Bittner

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ISBN: WISC:89010944460

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Reconnecting with Your Estranged Adult Child

Familiarity is a balm, even when our familiar patterns of communication are not the best way, or even the easiest. But for parents with estranged adult ...

Author: Tina Gilbertson

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608686599

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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Parents whose adult children have cut off contact wonder: How did this happen? Where did I go wrong? What happened to my loving child? Over time, holidays, birthdays, and even the birth of grandchildren may pass in silence. Anguish may turn into anger. While time, in and of itself, does not necessarily heal, actions do, and while every estrangement includes situation-specific variables, there are practical, effective, and universal techniques for understanding and healing these not-uncommon breaches. Psychotherapist Tina Gilbertson has developed these techniques and tools over years of face-to-face and online work with parents, who have found her strategies transformative and even life-changing. Gilbertson cuts through the blame, shame, and guilt on both sides of the broken relationship. Parents will feel heard and understood but also challenged — and guided — to reclaim their role as “tone setter” and grow psychologically. Exercises, examples, and sample scripts empower parents who have felt powerless. Gilbertson shows that reconciliation is a step-by-step process, but the effort is well worth it. It is never too late to renew relations and experience better-than-ever bonds.

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.

Thinking with the Familiar in Contemporary Literature and Culture Out of the Ordinary

Indeed, as Ahmed notes: “To become estranged from the familiar is thus to have it revealed to you. The familiar is disclosed in the revelation of your ...

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004406742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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What grows out of the ordinary? This volume focuses on that which has been regarded as ordinary and formulaic in literary and cultural phenomena and contests the hegemonic logic of revealing oppression and rebuilding liberation in contemporary critical theory.

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: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230620000

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.

Agent Based Computational Modelling

But he also speaks of the maternal woman in this context , with the mother's body and genitals as similarly both familiar and estranging .

Author: Francesco C. Billari

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 379081640X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 226

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The present book describes the methodology to set up agent-based models and to study emerging patterns in complex adaptive systems resulting from multi-agent interaction. It offers the application of agent-based models in demography, social and economic sciences and environmental sciences. Examples include population dynamics, evolution of social norms, communication structures, patterns in eco-systems and socio-biology, natural resource management, spread of diseases and development processes. It presents and combines different approaches how to implement agent-based computational models and tools in an integrative manner that can be extended to other cases.

Digital Mythology and the Internet s Monster

By destroying the familiar and the natural, the supernatural causes what is commonly associated with the Slender Man: horror at being estranged from what is ...

Author: Vivian Asimos

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350181465

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Exploring a prominent digital mythology, this book proposes a new way of viewing both online narratives and the online communities which tell them. The Slender Man – a monster known for making children disappear and causing violent deaths to the adults who seek to know more about him – is used as an extended case study to explore the role of digital communities, as well as the question of the existence of a broader “digital culture”. Structural anthropological mythic analysis and ethnographic details demonstrate how the Slender Man mythology is structured, and how its everlasting nature in the online communities demonstrates an importance of the mythos.

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 ...

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.