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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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On Critique and Inheritance

On Critique and Inheritance

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The Critical Pulse

Lisa Lowe

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's reflections about her father. Born in China in 1928, her father had a wartime childhood that displaced him from Shanghai to Hong Kong, Burma, Yunnan, and Calcutta before arriving in the United States in 1945 at the age of sixteen. He was an intellectual historian and social theorist, who taught at several universities before settling into a career in the History Department at San Francisco State from 1968 until his retirement in 1992. Since he passed away in July 2009, a significant part of the author's mourning has involved thinking deeply about the questions of critique and inheritance, reckoning and responsibility. She now comprehends that her father's life and death as profoundly attentive, committed to this sense of critique, taking actions to resolve contradictions, even when those actions pronounced the realization of the impossibility of resolution.

Keywords:   literary critics, criticism, critique, inheritance, reckoning, responsibility, father

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