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Barbara H. SmithBarbara H. Smith  
Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English and Professor Emeritus of Literature

Email Address: bhsmith@duke.edu


Ph.D., Brandeis University

M.A., Brandeis University

B.A., Brandeis University

Critical Theory
Science and Literature
Modern to Contemporary
Smith's research is largely theoretical and interdisciplinary. Her major publications have 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 humanities and the sciences.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. 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]
  2.  Scandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and the Human. Edinburgh UP/Duke UP, 2005/2006. [books.php3]  [abs]
  3. Smith, BH. Belief and Resistance: Dynamics of Contemporary Intellectual Controversy. Harvard UP, 1997.
  4. Smith, BH. Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory. Harvard University Press, 1988.  [abs]
  5. Smith, BH. On the Margins of Discourse: The Relation of Literature to Language. U of Chicago P, 1978.
  6. Smith, BH. Poetic Closure: A Study of How Poems End. U of Chicago P, 1968.
  7. Smith, BH. "THE CHIMERA OF RELATIVISM A Tragicomedy." Common Knowledge 17.1Duke University Press, (Winter, 2011): 13-26. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  8. Smith, BH. ""Naturalism, Otherwise"." The Immanent Frame  (June, 2008) [%3E]
  9. Smith, BH. "“Science and Religion: Lives and Rocks”." New York Times  (January, 2010) [science-and-]  [abs]
  10. Smith, BH. ""Evaluation" and "Value"." The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Ed. Kelly, M. New York: Oxford UP, 1998. 

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