This Reader collects in a single volume some of the most influential essays written by Barbara Johnson over the course of her thirty-year career as a pioneering literary theorist and cultural critic. Johnson achieved renown early in her career, both as a brilliant student of the Yale School of literary criticism and as the translator of Jacques Derrida's Dissemination. She went on to lead the way in extending the insights of structuralism and poststructuralism into newly emerging fields now central to literary studies, fields such as gender studies, African American studies, queer theory, and law and literature. Stunning models of critical reading and writing, her essays cultivate rigorous questioning of universalizing assumptions, respect for otherness and difference, and an appreciation of ambiguity.Along with the classic essays that established her place in literary scholarship, this Reader makes available a selection of Johnson's later essays, brilliantly lucid and politically trenchant works exploring multilingualism and translation, materiality, ethics, subjectivity, and sexuality. The Barbara Johnson Reader offers a historical guide through the metamorphoses and tumultuous debates that have defined literary study in recent decades, as viewed by one of critical theory's most astute thinkers.
Lesbian Magic. The best-selling quartet that brought you Once Upon A Dyke unveils four deliciously different takes on magic in lesbian lives. Reluctant witches, tempting books, and beautiful bells - and belles - delve into the mysteries of love, lust and power. Sex Magic. Be Skyclad with Julia Watts. Do it By the Book with Therese Szymanski. Find enchantment with Barbara Johnson's Lily and lose your reason with Karin Kallmaker's Unbeliever. Woman Magic. Black cats, haunted houses, strange brews and dancing bonfires heat up the pages of this diverting quartet of erotic, imaginative tales. Curl up with a bell, a book and a dyke and let the magic be real.
60 brief essays show that life is like a boomerang in that our views, deeds and words return to us to some extent.
If you need a fresh breath of joy in your life, Barbara Johnson's 365 Day Devotional will help you look for "life's little sparkles," even in the midst of life's most crippling sorrows. Love and hilarity bubble through these pages in equal doses as Barbara dispenses her unique blend of wisdom and zaniness to help thousands of hurting readers learn to laugh again. This daily devotional features a scripture passage and encouraging thought all wrapped up in Barbara's trademark style of offering firsthand advice about handling life's hardest hurts, while dispensing infectious laughter and outrageous joy.
Open this book each morning, and let the "Queen of Encouragement" splash your day with joy. Acclaimed encourager Barbara Johnson has survived tragic adversity to become a merry missionary of mirth to those who need a little laughter in their lives?that is, to all of us! She knows firsthand how the smallest splash of joy can soothe broken hearts with the light of God's love. And she's seen how a simple message of hope uplifts a life that's left in tatters. In these pages you'll find a daily dollop of Barbara's favorite jokes, heartwarming stories, witty cartoons, and heartache-survival strategies. Share a moment each morning with the Geranium Lady, and soon you, like Barbara, will realize you've been "blessed to be a blessing."
The Queen of Encouragement has brought a dozen amazing friends to inspire and encourage you!Barbara Johnson's heart-touching, laughter-laced story has given hope to millions of readers worldwide. Now she brings together twelve courageous women who have triumphed over challenges and endured heart-rending losses. With Christlike serventhood, they have reached beyond their own anguish to extend a helping hand to others in need, turning their tears of heartache into jewels of blessing. In their awe-inspiring stories, you will meet women who have faced:a husband's brutal murderthe death of a young childpoverty and bigotryeating disordersan adult child's homosexualitythe death of two sons due to AIDSabusive marriagesheartbreaking divorcefamily members' estrangementclinical depressionphysical disabilitya husband's struggle with homosexualityToday these women, like Barbara, spread hope and joy wherever they go. To celebrate their ministry of encouragement, each of their stories concludes with Barbara's trademark collection of wit and laughter. Open this book and find a pathway out of sorrow and into the sunlight of a life warmed by love and filled with meaning. Read these stories and learn how to turn misery into ministry.
Con una colección de relatos, ocurrencias y frases que sólo Barbara Johnson podría concebir, los lectores reirán con las sorpresas inolvidables y alocadas de ser una madre.Madres. Ellas lo han visto todo: lo bueno, lo malo y lo chiflado. Y decidieron contarlo. La autora de éxitos de librería, conferencista y graciosa Barbara Johnson continúa su tradición de diversión total enfocándose ahora en las alegrías de la maternidad. Una colección de relatos, frases y anécdotas que le ayudará a las madres a olvidar la tensión y la frustración de las camas sin tender y del estilo de vida de comida rápida, Hazme reír, soy tu madre es el libro adecuado que hará que los lectores pronto estén sonriendo y riendo a carcajadas.
Barbara Johnson shows from real-life examples, how to put life's path into a blissful Christian perspective. She gives a different perspective to view the world, which often seems thorny and difficult.
Best-selling inspirational humor author Barbara Johnson combines fun and inspiration in a new pick-me-up book that's chocked full of her patented wit and wisdom, love and laughter and comfort and grace. A primer for those new to Barbara's message of hope, Humor Me is a must have addition to one's current library of "geranium lady" books. This "best of" collection contains side splitting jokes, one-liners worth remembering, silly stories, and chuckle-worthy cartoons on topics such as men, parenting, and aging. Books by this popular speaker and writer have sold more than 3.5 million units to date, a credit to her ability to meet the needs of women everywhere who need a dose of humor and hope. Topics: Men Motherhood Hard-times Aging
"They say the best way to grow old is not to be in a hurry about it, and Lord knows, I've put it off for as long as I could." says humorist and encourager Barbara Johnson. But old age happens... with little or no effort on our part.
In a collection of stories, quips, and quotes that only Barbara Johnson could conceive, readers will laugh at the zany, unforgettable surprises of being a mother. Mothers-they've seen it all-the good, the bad, and the hilarious. And now they're talking about it. Best-selling author, speaker, and all-around funny lady, Barbara Johnson continues her tradition of serious hilarity with a humorous look at the joys of motherhood. A collection of stories, quotes, and anecdotes that help moms forget the stress and frustration of unmade beds and a fast-food lifestyle, "Humor Me, I'm Your Mother" is the perfect book that will soon have them giggling, chuckling, and laughing out loud.
Here's another book of funcouragement from Barbara Johnson as she continues to help her loyal fans find joy in the midst of pain. Barbara shares her own experiences and those of others who have tripped over life's hurdles and landed in the arms of God. She shows that laughing in the face of adversity is not proof of insanity but a form of healing.
Barbara Johnson writes from her own personal experience and the letters she has received from hundreds of hurting women. She shares hope and wit to cheer parents in desperate circumstances.
For parents who have been knocked to the floor by bad news and plastered to the ceiling by unwelcome surprises . . . here's a book to prop you up, scrape you down, and (believe it or not) help you laugh again.Bad news is bad enough. .But bad news about your children carries a triple whammy of pain, worry, and "where did we go wrong!" An accident, an illness, an unwholesome lifestyle, a devastating decision-the truth about these awful events can turn your life upside down, isolate you from family and friends, drain you of hope, and overpower you with stress.If that's your experience right now, this book can be a lifesaver. Crammed with practical guidance and sanity-saving laughter, it's a gift of hope to you from "the queen of encouragement," Barbara Johnson and other men and women who are "out there on the dance floor of life, doing the lost-parent shuffle." Drawing on her personal experience, her years of ministering to parents in pain, and the letters she has received from hundreds of hurting (and healing) parents, Barbara Johnson shares:what you can expect in the days ahead-and how to copewhat to do with your shock, pain, and guilthow to find grace for your ongoing stresshow to love your kids without trying to "fix 'em"how to find comfort and encouragement in scripture, friendship, and the knowledge that you're not alonehow to locate a support group-or start one of your ownhow to pull together with your spouse-instead of letting your pain pull you apartShe salts each chapter with wry observations, uplifting letters, sunny day-lifters, cartoons and just plain-funny one-liners-to life your spirits and bring you comfort. Whether you're stuck on the ceiling, groping through the tunnel, smoldering in the fire, or down for the count, this book can keep you moving and even keep you laughing through your tears as you travel the rocky path from "Why me, Lord?" to "Thank you, Lord."
Created by best-selling humorist Barbara Johnson, this is the place to put your own thoughts of hope, gladness, and love--with Barbara's zany bits of joy, laughter and survival tips to inspire you along the way.
Laughter from Heaven is a joyful reminder of the wonderful life awaiting us in heaven. With her humorous approach to all life's circumstances, Barbara wants her readers to catch a light-hearted look at the hereafter. Filled with hope and encouragement, this book is sure to become a favorite of many women who long for a sense of joy in the midst of everyday struggles. In classic Barbara Johnson style, these hilarious pages will show you how to put life's trials into heavenly perspective. She hopes you will find encouragement through your difficulties, renewal for your spiritual doldrums, and laughter when you think you'll never laugh again. Similar in nature to her best-selling title Humor Me, this delightful look at heaven reveals it as a place that will be not only without pain, but will actually be fun! Jokes, stories, cartoons and Barbara's famous one-liners make this another joy-filled book that all her fans will love. Picture captions and descriptions present.
Between the years of childbearing and grandparenting, a woman has a lot to juggle! Barbara Johnson shows how the road from marriage to menopause is filled with more than a few potholes . . . but provides women with more than enough hope and humor to make it through the journey.
Grab your giggle box! Here comes Barbara Johnson with another helping heap of joy for women of all ages, aches, and "architecture."Author Barbara Johnson's encouraging book about a woman's adventures in aging, Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death, became the number-one best-selling paperback in the Christian market for the year in which it was published. Soon hordes of happy readers were flooding Barbara's mailbox with their own favorite jokes, touching stories, and hilarious tales of female misadventures.Now Barb has packed that amazing collection of wacky wit into this boisterously funny new book that's full of "laff leaks" about every stage of a woman's life-from diapers to dentures. No matter what stage of the "hormonal cesspool" you're splashing through, there's something here to touch your heart. You'll love Barb's quirky empty-nest de-cluttering strategies, her joyful insights on stress-soothing, husband-handling, kid-corralling, and parent-parenting in chapters like these:Having a Baby Is Like Writing a Book-Lots of Whining, Begging, and PushingWho Are These Kids, and Why Are They Calling Me Mom?I Finally Got My Head Together-Then My Body Fell ApartWe Started Out With Nothing-and Still Have Most of It LeftLeaking Laffs Between Pampers and Depends is a heart-warming ride over the waves of humor in God's endless sea of love.
In 1980, deconstructive and psychoanalytic literary theorist Barbara Johnson wrote an essay on Mary Shelley for a colloquium on the writings of Jacques Derrida. The essay marked the beginning of Johnson's lifelong interest in Shelley as well as her first foray into the field of "women's studies," one of whose commitments was the rediscovery and analysis of works by women writers previously excluded from the academic canon. Indeed, the last book Johnson completed before her death was Mary Shelley and Her Circle, published here for the first time. Shelley was thus the subject for Johnson's beginning in feminist criticism and also for her end. It is surprising to recall that when Johnson wrote her essay, only two of Shelley's novels were in print, critics and scholars having mostly dismissed her writing as inferior and her career as a side effect of her famous husband's. Inspired by groundbreaking feminist scholarship of the seventies, Johnson came to pen yet more essays on Shelley over the course of a brilliant but tragically foreshortened career. So much of what we know and think about Mary Shelley today is due to her and a handful of scholars working just decades ago. In this volume, Judith Butler and Shoshana Felman have united all of Johnson's published and unpublished work on Shelley alongside their own new, insightful pieces of criticism and those of two other peers and fellow pioneers in feminist theory, Mary Wilson Carpenter and Cathy Caruth. The book thus evolves as a conversation amongst key scholars of shared intellectual inclinations while closing the circle on Johnson's life and her own fascination with the life and circle of another woman writer, who, of course, also happened to be the daughter of a founder of modern feminism.
For women, this is one of Barbara Johnson's most unique books. With her zany collection of observations about "life between the Blue Lagoon and Golden Pond," Barbara jumps right in, showing women how to survive growing older with courage and joy.
Los lectores pueden ahora conseguir tres de los libros más populares de Barbara Johnson en un solo volumen: ¡Guarda tus tristezas en una caja grande!, Mamá, ¡busca el martillo! y Salpícame de gozo. Barbara escribe para mujeres de todas las edades, sufrimientos y tipos, llenándolas del gozo necesario para envejecer con fortaleza en medio del trajinar de la vida que las mujeres tienen cuando tratan con el esposo, controlan a los hijos y cuidan de sus padres, todo eso mientras mantienen su enfoque en nuestro hogar en el cielo.
Barbara insists that laughing in the face of adversity is not a form of denial, but a proven tool for managing stress, coping with pain, and maintaining hope. And to prove her point, she presents this funnybone-tickling, heart-touching laugh manual.
Weaving together various texts--biblical passages, philosophy, poems, novels, opera, and movies, the book explores how the story of Moses has been appropriated, reimagined, and transmitted across cultures and historical moments.
With her unique blend of zany humor and compassionate wisdom, Barbara Johnson shares the joys and challenges of motherhood. With hope, encouragement and a few laughs along the way, Motherhood is a gentle reminder of the true meaning of a mother's love.
Barbara Johnson lovingly lights the way for others with this minibook collection of bittersweet stories of her journey through the minefields of life and her wise and encouraging responses to letters for hurting parents. With an attitude of love and a heart that's overflowing with joy, Barbara helps you learn not only to endure life, but to enjoy it!
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