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Faculty: Barbara H. Smith  

Barbara H. Smith
Title: Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English
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  • Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1965
  • M.A., Brandeis University, 1955
  • B.A., Brandeis University, 1954

Research Interests:  

Smith's research has been concerned with literary theory, poetry and poetics, ideas of value and judgment, and intellectual controversies over science and knowledge. Her current work focuses on developments in cognitive science and the philosophy of biology, intellectual issues involving science and religion, and the historical, intellectual and institutional relations between the sciences and the humanities.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)


  • Smith, BH. Natural reflections: Human cognition at the nexus of science and religion.  The Terry Lectures Series Yale University Press, Winter, 2010 (1-206 pp.). [book.asp]  [abs]
  •  Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and the Human.  Edinburgh UP/Duke UP, 2005/2006 . [books.php3]  [abs]
  • Smith, BH. Belief and Resistance: Dynamics of Contemporary Intellectual Controversy.  Harvard UP, 1997 .
  • Smith, BH. Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory.  Harvard University Press, 1988 .  [abs]
  • Smith, BH. On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language.  U of Chicago P, 1978 .
  • Smith, BH. Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End.  U of Chicago P, 1968 .
Articles in a Collection
  • Smith, BH. "Cutting-Edge Equivocation: Conceptual Moves and Rhetorical Strategies in Contemporary Anti-Epistemology."  Duke University Press, January, 2002, 187-212. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  • Smith, BH. "THE CHIMERA OF RELATIVISM A Tragicomedy."  Duke University Press, Winter, 2011, 13-26. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  • Smith, BH. "Science and religion, natural and unnatural." Sacred Science?: On Science and Its Interrelations with Religious World Views Ed. S. A. Oyen, T. Lund-Olsen and N. S. Vaage. Wageningen Academic Publishers, December, 2012, 101-110. [doi]
  • Schneider, N; BHS,. "“Religion, Science, and the Humanities: An Interview with Barbara Herrnstein Smith”."  June, 2010. [religion-science-and-]
  • Smith, BH. "“Science and Religion: Lives and Rocks”."  January, 2010. [science-and-]  [abs]

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