Critical Intellectuals on Writing

Edited by Gary A. Olson & Lynn Worsham

Subjects: General Interest
Paperback : 9780791458426, 215 pages, July 2003
Hardcover : 9780791458419, 215 pages, July 2003

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Gloria Anzaldua

Mary Field Belenky

Homi Bhabha

Judith Butler

Noam Chomsky

Donald Davidson

Jacques Derrida

Michael Eric Dyson

Stanley Fish (1991)

Stanley Fish (2000)

Paulo Freire

Clifford Geertz

Henry Giroux

Stuart Hall

Donna Haraway

Sandra Harding

bell hooks

Luce Irigaray

Ernesto Laclau

Jean-Francois Lyotard

J. Hillis Miller

Chantal Mouffe

Avital Ronell

Richard Rorty

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Jane Tompkins

Stephen Toulmin

Slavoj Zizek


A fascinating look at how some of the world's most eminent scholars conceive of their own relationship with writing and with the work of being a critical intellectual.


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 Anzaldúa, 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-François Lyotard, J. Hillis Miller, Chantal Mouffe, Avital Ronell, Richard Rorty, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jane Tompkins, Stephen Toulmin, and Slavoj Zðizûek.

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.