Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 07:09:37 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: "Privilege" as a Verb In my previous message about _privilege_ I gave a 1977 usage, but upon reflection I see that this may simply be the old sense rather than the Marxist/postmodernist sense. A 1980 article by Peter Barry in the journal _English_, entitled "Linguistics and Literary Criticism: A Polytheism without Gods," refers to "privileging" of a linguistic approach. A 1983 article in _CEA Critic_ by K. S. Rothwell is titled "Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth,' the Privileging of Ross." In the _Monthly Review_, March 1984, Bertell Ollman, in an article headed "Academic Freedom in America Today: A Marxist View," speaks of "privileging the qualities of academic freedom as an ideal." In the _New York Times Book Review_, 15 Dec. 1985, a letter states that "It is incumbent on intellectuals ... to contribute to the formulation of standards of civic justice, without privileging their own participation in a complex cultural and political process." At about the same time, the 21 Dec. 1985 issue of the _Nation_ carried a book review by Edward Hirsch containing a reference to the poet Robert Hayden's "privileging poetry over race." Finally, William E. Rogers published an article in _Religion and Literature_ in 1986 with the title "Ricoeur and the Privileging of Texts." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++ + Fred R. Shapiro Editor + + Associate Librarian for Public Services OXFORD DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN + + Yale Law School LEGAL QUOTATIONS + + e-mail: shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (Oxford University Press) + +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++