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A Life with Mary Shelley (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. Juli 2014


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"[R]eading Johnson's "A Life with Mary Shelley" is no less compelling for the very reason that it so strikingly reveals what this 19th-century woman novelist meant over time to a scholar and teacher deeply committed to bringing a whole range of critical differences (gender and race being chief among them) into our scholarship and our classrooms . . . [A] work of tremendous economy, wit, and insight . . . Johnson has always been stylistically precise and pithy, lucid, and lively. Her final book is simply more of a good thing: feminist deconstruction pared down to its essentials and written for an ever-widening, and appreciative, audience . . . In the end this animated book brings to life the very thing Mary Shelley could herself hardly have imagined: the critical difference a supportive circle of women writers can make . . . This collaborative publication featuring the last words of a ferociously gifted literary scholar may well be, in the decades to come, the Yale School we remember, and miss, the most."Diana Fuss, "Los Angeles Review of Books""

"Johnson's real gift was to tackle the 'dead white males' of the canon and reread them, looking for the women, ever alert to what she called 'muteness envy' in canonical poetry . . . [Johnson's] essays stress critical and creative vitality in the midst of death, and are still life-giving today, still radical, angry and passionate, yet always disciplined. Johnson asks acute questions, inserts the personal into her academic essays, and gives us new ideas about 'how to read'."Lesley McDowell, "Times Literary Supplement""

"This animated book brings to life the very thing Mary Shelley could herself hardly have imagined: the critical difference a supportive circle of women writers can make."Diana Fuss, "Los Angeles Review of Books""

"One of this collection's many strengths is Johnson's talent for producing highly astute, informed and even (perhaps) revolutionary writing that is both entertaining and accessible . . . [I]t is the collected writing of a superb, generous, and talented writer and academic, on the subject closest to her heartto which she returned over and againand which is so fascinating that our own culture can't let it go. This is an academic book, but it isn't inaccessible: anyone whose imagination has been hooked from those first chapters when we meet the ailing Victor Frankenstein on the arctic wastes will find something worth engaging with. However you feel about this book, in the end it's worth reading, primarily because it does something exquisitely rare in academic literature, which is that it both feels as though you've somehow come to eavesdrop on somebody else's very interesting conversation, and also that it opens the discussion to the reader. Johnson's giftthe most precious of giftswhich is the talent of a teacher who invites her audience to actively, critically, and passionately participate in the conversation she has started, is apparent in every page of these works."Nina Gibb, "Bookslut""

"Of singular importance as a set of contributions to theoretical debates, and filled with humanity, this book plays a major role in the transmission of Barbara Johnson's work. Johnson was brilliantly insightful, outspoken, witty, and endowed with an incredibly strong intelligence. These qualities are present at every turn of "A Life with Mary Shelley," including the essays that frame her early and late writings."Evelyne Ender, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
"The publication, for the first time in this volume, of Barbara Johnson's last book "Mary Shelley and Her Circle " (2009) will be of interest to feminist theorists and literary critics alike Completed only a few weeks before Johnson's death, "Mary Shelley and Her Circle" is, perhaps one should say above all, a measure of the value of intellectual labor: Johnson's concise, yet pithy and unfailingly rewarding style is here refined in the relentless temporality of terminal illness." Corina Stan, " Contemporary Women's Writing""

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Barbara Johnson was Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Shoshana Felman is Robert Woodruff Professor of Comparative Literature and French at Emory University.

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