Barbara H. Smith

Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English

External Address: 
9 Towhee Drive, Topsham, ME 04086
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708-0015
(919) 383-0840


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Brandeis University 1965

  • M.A., Brandeis University 1955

  • B.A., Brandeis University 1954

Smith, BH. "Surfacing from the Deep." PTL: A Journal for Descriptive Poetics and Theory of Literature 2 (1977): 151-82.

Smith, BH. "On the Margins of Discourse." Critical Inquiry 1 (1975): 769-98.

Smith, BH. "Poetic Closure." Ed. APA al. (1974).

Smith, BH. "Women Artists: Some Muted Notes." Journal of Communications 24 (1974): 146-49.

Smith, BH. "Review of Paul Hernandi, *Beyond Genre: New Directions in Literary Classification*." Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 32 (1973): 296-98.

Smith, BH. "The New Imagism." Midway: A Magazine of Discovery in the Arts and Sciences 9 (1969): 27-44.

Smith, BH. "’Sorrow’s Mysteries’: Keat’s ’Ode on Melancholy’." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 6 (1966): 679-91.