On the Familiar Essay

On the Familiar Essay

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qIn this timely revalorization of the form, Atkins shows the unexpected depths of the familiar essay. Far from being the lightweight pieces dismissed by their detractors as trivial, he shows how, at their best, such essays are exquisitely crafted intersections of time and timelessness. Their indirectness, individuality and warmth suggest a way of knowing that at once challenges and complements the clinical prose of conventional academic articles.-Because he fails to distinguish between the familiar and the personal essay, Graham Good misses the difference between a€œthe self observeda€ and a€œthe ... I should not talk so much about myself if there were any- body else whom I knew as well.

Title:On the Familiar Essay
Author:G. Douglas Atkins
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2009-10-27


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