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  • Acknowledgments ix

    Foreword / Ruth Behar xiii

    Self/Discipline: An Introduction / Diane P. Freedman and Olivia Frey 1

    Language and Literature

    Finding the Right Word: Self-Inclusion and Self-Inscription / David Bleich 41

    Gender Tragedies: East Texas Cockfighting and Hamlet / Carlos L. Dews 68

    Three Readings of the Wife of Bath / Merrill Black 85

    Listening to the Images: My Sightless Insights into Yeats's Plays / David Richman 96

    Activist Academic: Memoir of an Ethnic Lit Professor / Bonnie Tusmith 114

    Following the Voice of the Draft / Donald M. Murray 129

    Notes of a Native Daughter: Reflections on Identity and Writing / Carla L. Peterson 138


    Tribute to Robert D. Marcus / David Bleich 159

    Journey/man: Hi/s/tory / Robert D. Marcus 161


    From God of the Oppressed / James Cone 189


    Beyond Holocaust Theology: Extending a Hand across the Abyss / Laura Duhan Kaplan 205

    Maternal Thinking / Sara Ruddick 216

    Africana Studies

    Altered States / Kwame Anthony Appiah 233

    Art History

    History of an Encounter / Eunice Lipton 257


    Devouring Music: Ruminations of a Composer Who Cooks / Peter Hamlin 265


    When the Body Is Your Own: Feminist Film Criticism and the Horror Genre / Julie Tharp 281

    Filming Point of View / Deborah Lefkowitz 292


    From The Broken Cord / Michael Dorris 311

    Juban America / Ruth Behar 331

    Close Encounters with a CSA: The Reflections of a Bruised and Somewhat Wiser Anthropologist / Laura B. Delind 349


    The Death of the Profane (a commentary on the genre of legal writing) / Patricia J. Williams 365

    English Education

    My Father/ My Censor: English Education, Politics, and Status / Brenda Daly 375

    Research Psychology

    Adventures of a Woman in Science / Naomi Weisstein 397


    Through the Looking Glass: A Feminist's Life in Biology / Muriel Lederman 417


    That Disorder: An Introduction / Alice Wexler 435

    A Textbook Pregnancy / Perri Klass 444

    Math, Psychology, and Science Education

    Personal Thinking / Seymour Papert 455

    Selected Bibliography 467

    Contributors 483
  • Ruth Behar

    Diane P. Freedman

    David Bleich

    Carlos L. Dews

    Merrill Black

    David Richman

    Bonnie Tusmith

    Donald M. Murray

    Carla Peterson

    Robert D. Marcus

    James Cone

    Laura Duhan Kaplan

    Sara Ruddick

    Eunice Lipton

    K. Anthony Appiah

    Peter Hamlin

    Julie Tharp

    Deborah Lefkowitz

    Michael Dorris

    Laura B. Delind

    Patricia Williams

    Brenda Daly

    Naomi Weisstein

    Muriel Lederman

    Alice Wexler

    Perri Klass

    Seymour Papert

    Olivia Frey

  • “This anthology of autobiographical writing by scholars with a range of ties to the academy, this mosaic of brave, graceful, and compassionate voices, skillfully edited by Diane P. Freedman and Olivia Frey, bears testimony to the strength of an intellectual movement that is changing the way scholarship is being done. . . . [T]his book asserts the importance of a common project, a shared commitment to a way of knowing as well as a way of telling.”—Ruth Behar, from the foreword — N/A

    “This collection brings a new kind of scholarship into focus: research that has a human face and speaks with a human voice. In these essays, knowledge comes alive for the reader because it has sprung from the lived experience of the investigator. The contributors are pioneers in their fields, blazing trails for future work in their disciplines.”—Jane Tompkins, author of A Life in School: What the Teacher Learned — N/A

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    Autobiographical Writing Across the Disciplines reveals the extraordinary breadth of the intellectual movement toward self-inclusive scholarship. Presenting exemplary works of criticism incorporating personal narratives, this volume brings together twenty-seven essays from scholars in literary studies and history, mathematics and medicine, philosophy, music, film, ethnic studies, law, education, anthropology, religion, and biology. Pioneers in the development of the hybrid genre of personal scholarship, the writers whose work is presented here challenge traditional modes of inquiry and ways of knowing. In assembling their work, editors Diane P. Freedman and Olivia Frey have provided a rich source of reasons for and models of autobiographical criticism.

    The editors’ introduction presents a condensed history of academic writing, chronicles the origins of autobiographical criticism, and emphasizes the role of feminism in championing the value of personal narrative to disciplinary discourse. The essays are all explicitly informed by the identities of their authors, among whom are a feminist scientist, a Jewish filmmaker living in Germany, a potential carrier of Huntington’s disease, and a doctor pregnant while in medical school. Whether describing how being a professor of ethnic literature necessarily entails being an activist, how music and cooking are related, or how a theology is shaped by cultural identity, the contributors illuminate the relationship between their scholarly pursuits and personal lives and, in the process, expand the boundaries of their disciplines.


    Kwame Anthony Appiah
    Ruth Behar
    Merrill Black
    David Bleich
    James Cone
    Brenda Daly
    Laura B. DeLind
    Carlos L. Dews
    Michael Dorris
    Diane P. Freedman
    Olivia Frey
    Peter Hamlin
    Laura Duhan Kaplan
    Perri Klass
    Muriel Lederman
    Deborah Lefkowitz
    Eunice Lipton
    Robert D. Marcus
    Donald Murray
    Seymour Papert
    Carla T. Peterson
    David Richman
    Sara Ruddick
    Julie Tharp
    Bonnie TuSmith
    Alex Wexler
    Naomi Weisstein
    Patricia Williams

    About The Author(s)

    Diane P. Freedman is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of An Alchemy of Genres: Cross-Genre Writing by American Feminist Poet-Critics, editor of Millay at 100: A Critical Reappraisal, and coeditor of The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy.

    Olivia Frey, retired from her position as Professor of English at St. Olaf College, is now the lead administrator at the Village School in Northfield, Minnesota. Freedman and Frey are the coeditors (with Frances Murphy Zauhar) of The Intimate Critique: Autobiographical Literary Criticism, published by Duke University Press.

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