Critical Intellectuals on Writing

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Gary A. Olson, Lynn Worsham
SUNY Press, Nov 15, 2010 - Literary Collections - 215 pages
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Writing is central to the work of all intellectuals, yet any given scholar’s relationship to writing is a uniquely personal one. Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham bring together some of the world’s leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine how they conceive of their own relationship to writing and to the work of being a critical intellectual. Using excerpts from interviews, originally published in JAC, each scholar’s thoughts are revealed about writing habits, how writing relates to intellectual work, and the politics of intellectual work.

Included are excerpts of interviews with the following: Gloria Anzald˙a, Mary Field Belenky, Homi Bhabha, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Donald Davidson, Jacques Derrida, Michael Eric Dyson, Stanley Fish, Paulo Freire, Clifford Geertz, Henry Giroux, Stuart Hall, Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding, bell hooks, Luce Irigaray, Ernesto Laclau, Jean-Franšois Lyotard, J. Hillis Miller, Chantal Mouffe, Avital Ronell, Richard Rorty, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tompkins, Stephen Toulmin, and Slavoj Z­izűek.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Gloria Anzaldua
15
Mary Field Belenky
30
Homi Bhabha
36
Judith Butler
42
Noam Chomsky
53
Donald Davidson
57
Jacques Derrida
61
Sandra Harding
114
bell hooks
118
Luce Irigaray
125
Ernesto Laclau
135
JeanFrancois Lyotard
144
J Hillis Miller
153
Chantal Mouffe
156
Avital Ronell
163

Michael Eric Dyson
69
Stanley Fish 1991
80
Stanley Fish 2000
84
Paulo Freire
89
Clifford Geertz
91
Henry Giroux
99
Stuart Hall
103
Donna Haraway
109
Richard Rorty
179
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
181
Jane Tompkins
182
Stephen Toulmin
186
Slavoj Zizek
192
Index
201
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Gary A. Olson is Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.

Lynn Worsham is Professor of English at the University of South Florida. Olson is most recently the author of Justifying Belief: Stanley Fish and the Work of Rhetoric, published by SUNY Press and Worsham is most recently the coeditor (with Sidney I. Dobrin and Gary A. Olson) of The Kinneavy Papers: Theory and the Study of Discourse, also published by SUNY Press.

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