Women/Writing/Teaching: A Translation of the Spanda Karika with Ksemaraja's Commentary, the Spanda Nirnaya

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Jan Zlotnik Schmidt
SUNY Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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This book presents autobiographical visions of women writing teachers--their complex lives as writers, as instructors, as feminists, as professionals in the academy. The authors explore their complex identities as teachers: the particular configurations of their pasts, gender, class, ethnic backgrounds, personalities, and cultures that have shaped their personae as instructors of writing.
The contributors explore the intersections of their past and present experiences that influence and guide their development as writers and as instructors of writing. The book discusses how women can emerge from silence, gain authority and power as professionals, and balance the private and public aspects of their lives. In addition, it addresses how women constitute themselves as literacy teachers and what models of feminist pedagogy emerge.
Women/Writing/Teaching is notable for the range, depth, and richness of the chapters; the dynamic interplay of voices, approaches, issues, and concerns; the multiethnic focus; and the high quality of the writings. It will prompt readers to explore their own life stories and to comprehend more fully women's complex lives as teaching professionals.
 

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Contents

Teaching College English as a Woman
17
Voicing My Self An Unfinished Journey
27
Sailing Back to Byzantium
43
Sheroism
55
The Story of a Woman WritingTeaching The Shining Elusive Spirit
61
Writing on the Bias
77
And May He Be Bilingual Notes on Writing Teaching and Multiculturalism
103
The Point at Which Past and Future Meet
109
Freedom Form Function Varieties of Academic Discourse
179
A Collage of Time Writing and Ritual in Womens Studies
199
Teaching Elders A Journal
213
Engaged Pedagogy from Teaching to Transgress Education As the Practice of Freedom
231
Composing a Pleasurable Life
239
As if your life depended on it from What Is Found There Notebooks on Poetry and Politics
255
We Was Girls Together Race and Class and Southern Women
257
Time Alone Place Apart The Role of Spiracy in Using the Power of Solitude
267

Teaching and Writing As If My Life Depended On It
119
From Silence to Words Writing As Struggle
133
MothersDaughtersWritingTeaching
149
Between the Drafts
165
Bibliography
277
Contributors
289
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About the author (1998)

Jan Zlotnik Schmidt is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Composition Program, State University of New York, New Paltz. Her previously published work includes Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction (with Carley Bogarad) and We Speak in Tongues (a volume of poetry).

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