Academic Lives

Academic Lives

Since the early 1990s, there has been a proliferation of memoirs by tenured humanities professors. Although the memoir form has been discussed within the flourishing field of life writing, academic memoirs have received little critical scrutiny. Based on close readings of memoirs by such academics as Michael Bérubé, Cathy N. Davidson, Jane Gallop, bell hooks, Edward Said, Eve Sedgwick, Jane Tompkins, and Marianna Torgovnick, Academic Lives considers why so many professors write memoirs and what cultural capital they carry. Cynthia G. Franklin finds that academic memoirs provide unparalleled ways to unmask the workings of the academy at a time when it is dealing with a range of crises, including attacks on intellectual freedom, discontentment with the academic star system, and budget cuts. Franklin considers how academic memoirs have engaged with a core of defining concerns in the humanities: identity politics and the development of whiteness studies in the 1990s; the impact of postcolonial studies; feminism and concurrent anxieties about pedagogy; and disability studies and the struggle to bring together discourses on the humanities and human rights. The turn back toward humanism that Franklin finds in some academic memoirs is surreptitious or frankly nostalgic; others, however, posit a wide-ranging humanism that seeks to create space for advocacy in the academic and other institutions in which we are all unequally located. These memoirs are harbingers for the critical turn to explore interrelations among humanism, the humanities, and human rights struggles.


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Publisher University of Georgia Press
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ISBN 0820333433
Pages 368 pages
Academic Lives
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Cynthia G. Franklin
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Since the early 1990s, there has been a proliferation of memoirs by tenured humanities professors. Although the memoir form has been discussed within the flouri
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Language: en
Pages: 235
Authors: Staci M. Zavattaro
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-02 - Publisher: Springer

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Rhythms of Academic Life
Language: en
Pages: 540
Authors: Peter J. Frost
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996-07-16 - Publisher: SAGE

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Language: en
Pages: 210
Authors: Robert Harley Cantwell
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

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Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Tai Peseta
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-18 - Publisher: Routledge

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The Changing Face of Academic Life
Language: en
Pages: 279
Authors: J. Enders
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-03-26 - Publisher: Springer

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Language: en
Pages: 106
Authors: Charles Lekic
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-30 - Publisher: FriesenPress

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Academic Life
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: John B. Bennett
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-04-01 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

In this profound look at the academy, John Bennett reminds us that our leadership decisions always presuppose our philosophies of life and that understanding pr
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Language: en
Pages: 545
Authors: Michael Wertheimer
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-06 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This is the life story of the oldest living member of the famous Wertheimer family, beautifully narrated and richly illustrated from the author’s vast stock o
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Language: en
Pages: 196
Authors: Paul Blackmore
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-19 - Publisher: Routledge

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