Barbara H. Smith
Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English
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.
- Ph.D., Brandeis University 1965
- M.A., Brandeis University 1955
- B.A., Brandeis University 1954
Smith, BH. Natural reflections: Human cognition at the nexus of science and religion. December 1, 2010.
Smith, BH. Scandalous knowledge: Science, truth and the human. January 1, 2006.
Smith, BH. Belief and Resistance: Dynamics of Contemporary Intellectual Controversy. Harvard UP, 1997.
Smith, BH. Contingencies of Value: Alternative Perspectives for Critical Theory. Cambridge MA and London UK: Harvard University Press, 1988. (Monograph)
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.
Smith, BH. "SCIENTIZING THE HUMANITIES Shifts, Collisions, Negotiations." COMMON KNOWLEDGE 22.3 (September 2016): 353-372. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, BH. "What Was "Close Reading"? A Century of Method in Literary Studies." MINNESOTA REVIEW 87 (2016): 57-75. Full Text
Smith, BH. "An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns." Common Knowledge 20.3 (October 1, 2014): 491-493. Full Text Open Access Copy
Watson, J. "On Free-Wheeling Careers: An Interview with Barbara Herrnstein Smith." the minnesota review 2013.80 (January 1, 2013): 62-79. Full Text Open Access Copy
Smith, BH. "Reading at Large: Reflections on the Forum "What Can Reading Do?"." NOVEL-A FORUM ON FICTION 45.1 (2012): 27-29. Full Text
Smith, BH. "Clearing up after the science wars: A response to emily A. Schultz." Reviews in Anthropology 40.2 (April 1, 2011): 165-168. Full Text
Jensen, CB, Smith, BH, Lloyd, GER, Holbraad, M, Roepstorff, A, Stengers, I, Verran, H, Brown, SD, Winthereik, BR, Strathern, M, Kapferer, B, Mol, A, Pedersen, MA, Viveiros De Castro, E, Candea, M, Battaglia, D, and Wagner, R. "Comparative relativism: Symposium on an impossibility." December 1, 2011. Full Text
Smith, BH, and Plotnitsky, A. "Mathematics, Science, and Postclassical Theory." (March 4, 1997).
Smith, BH, Gless, D, eds, , and Introduction, . "The Politics of Liberal Education." (1969).
Smith, BH, ed, , and Introduction, . "Shakespeare’s Sonnets." (1969).
Smith, BH, and ed, . "Discussions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets." (1964).