Hisland: Adventures in Ac-Ac-ademe

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SUNY Press, 1998 - Fiction - 186 pages
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"This idiosyncratic satire of sexism on (and more often off) the tenure track pokes fun at a host of scholarly rituals. When female academic M/M (pronounced Em Slash Em) mysteriously lands in the Ac-Ac islands, her first encounter is with Professor Hoodwinkle, who whisks her to Ac-Ac University, where she becomes a visiting scholar. Using prose and verse ("the He in power enters the room./ try as i might./ i can never be bald"), Malti-Douglas, a humanities professor at Indiana University and author of several books on Arabic literature, attacks the not-so-hallowed halls of academe with justified, if not always pointed, rage, ridiculing pompous lectures by pseudo intellectual bores and a committee structure that ensures only the illusion of departmental change. Sexual politics come in for a particularly hash drubbing as the nearly all-male faculty of Ac-Ac U is endowed with bombast and arrogance. A mock analysis of M/M's notes on her experiences at AC-AC U aims at academic language and provides a witty and ribald conclusion to this inventive, if sometimes over-the-top satire."--Http://search.barnesandnoble.com (Feb. 4, 2011.).
 

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Contents

In Which MM Lands on Her Feet
7
In Which MM Arrives at AcAc U
9
In Which MM Gets Her Bearings
11
Why Be a Visiting Professor at AcAc U When She Could Be at Pholly U?
13
In Which MM Gets a Lecture on Academic Hierarchies
15
A Home Department
17
In Which MM Describes Her Third Landing of Sorts
19
In Which MM Gets Her First Introduction to DULL
21
In Which MM Attends the Muted Language Society Award Ceremony
113
In Which MM Meets the Women Faculty Once Again
117
In Which MM Has a Nightmarish Experience
121
In Which MM Is Back in the Guest House
123
In Which MM Muses about Her Social Life as a Woman at AcAc U
127
In Which MM Finally Attends the Promotion Committee Meeting
129
In Which MM Attends the Chairs Meeting
139
In Which MM Makes an Important Decision
143

In Which MM Attends the Open Faculty Meeting
27
In Which MM Participates in the Induction into the Order of the Cravates
33
In Which MM Feels OverReceived
43
In Which MM Decides Which Course to Audit
45
In Which MM Goes through the Faculty List at DULL in Search of Someone
49
In Which MM Has a Heart to Heart Talk with Herself about Her Future at AcAc U
51
In Which MM Meets the Dean
53
In Which MM Takes Steps to Set Up the Legendary Meeting with the Women Faculty at AcAc U
57
In Which MM Attends Her First DULL Faculty Meeting
61
In Which MM Introduces S PT Directly to the Intellectual Life of DULL
73
In Which MM Finally Meets the Women Faculty of AcAc U
75
In Which MM Is Treated to Some Great Stories
81
In Which MM Becomes a Member of COOC
85
In Which MM Gets Introduced to the COOC
87
In Which MM Listens to Some Tie History
91
In Which MM Tells the COOCs the Significance of Ties
93
In Which MM Debates with the COOCs
95
In Which MM Debates Again with the COOCs
103
In Which MM Reads the DULL Newsletter
107
In Which MM Has Second Thoughts about Her Visiting Appointment
111
In Which MM Has Her Dream Come True
145
In Which MM Attends an Oral Examination in LAC
147
In Which MM Learns about AcAc Us Provost
151
In Which MM Delivers Her Final Blow
153
In Which MM Presents Her Theory about AcAc
157
In Which MM Announces Her Departure
161
In Which MM Considers Future Possibilities
163
In Which MM Is Not Given an Opportunity to Make a Promise
165
In Which MM Hands the Manuscript to SPT
167
Afterword
169
The Guides
171
The Body
172
Scholarship
175
Tradition
176
The Name
177
Hierarchy
179
Discourses
182
Conclusion
184
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Fedwa Malti-Douglas is The Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University. She is the author of several books, including Structures of Avarice: The Bukhala' in Medieval Arabic Literature; Blindness and Autobiography: al-Ayyam of Taha Husayn; Woman's Body, Woman's Word: Gender and Discourse in Arabo-Islamic Writing; and Men, Women, and God(s): Nawal El Saadawi and Arab Feminist Poetics; and co-author (with A. Douglas) of Arab Comic Strips: Politics of an Emerging Mass Culture.

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