Back Talk: Teaching Lost Selves to Speak

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Joan Weimer had spent three years researching the life of nineteenth-century novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson for a critical biography when a devastating back injury left her virtually immobile. Pain reshaped her research as she discovered more about Woolson's writing, family, and grief. The imaginative relationship she developed with Woolson—chronicled in this heart-felt book— helped Weimer to escape her physical disability as she wrestled with the question of how to redefine herself.

In this elegant, humorous, and brutally frank memoir, Weimer's discoveries—documentative and imaginative, historical and personal—reveal much about what motivates research, and what motivates healing.
 

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BACK TALK: Teaching Lost Selves to Speak

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A book that began as a biography of a little-known 19th- century writer turned into this powerful, inspiring memoir of the author's yearlong time-out with a back injury. In addition to her college ... Read full review

Back talk: teaching lost selves to speak

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Weimer led an active life-teaching English at Drew University, writing, participating in political causes, and enjoying her family-until a debilitating back injury forced her to have surgery and then ... Read full review

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