Journal article

'Our befores and our afters': Another antipodean perspective on Bernard Smith?

Robert W Gaston

Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


Much has been published on the career and scholarly achievements of Bernard Smith (1916–2011) since his retirement from teaching in 1977 and has predictably gathered pace after his death. It is clear that the reception of his very substantial body of writings, addressing so many fields within the humanities, critical thought and art history in particular, is only just beginning. The present study focuses on a large recent collection of Smith’s studies in which critical responses are integrated. I argue that the profoundly personal nature of historiography, necessarily incorporating praise and blame in its rhetorical structure, requires that the critic position oneself openly in relation to t..

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