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How We Work is a collection of essays by writers from across the disciplines on the ways they produce work. Each writer offers a description of the processes and quirks of putting thoughts into form. Some of the essays are humorous, confessing to the ways writers confront the terror of the blank page. Others are helpful, offering hints and analyses. All give personal reflection on how creating is both horizontal and vertical, involving the writer with places, sensual experiences, and other bodies, as well as with other parts of the self. Deliberately interdisciplinary and multicultural, this collection contains the work of curriculum theorists, fiction writers, poets, musicians, and professors of mathematics, English, philosophy, and women's studies. We hope to encourage readers to become more aware of their own creative potential by reading these essays.
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Writers from many disciplines describe some of their working methods, offering hints and presenting personal quirks and reflections. The 23 essays are from curriculum theorists, fiction writers, poets, musicians, and professors of math, English, philosophy, and women's studies. Of the three editors, two specialize in curriculum theory (both are at Louisiana State University), and the third is an English Professor at Our Lady of Hold Cross College. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Foreword xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 The Web and the Work 1
Chapter 2 Curriculum as Musical Text 11
Chapter 3 The Fire Sermon 19
Chapter 4 The Real Work Is What We Really Do 33
Chapter 5 On Writing My Love Child 41
Chapter 6 Inventing a More Interesting Subject 55
Chapter 7 "Nothing's Died; It Just Got Buried": Theory as Exhumation, as Duty Dance (for Thomas Wayne Daspit and Mandy Jo Delcambre) 71
Chapter 8 Why I Write 79
Chapter 9 How I Work 85
Chapter 10 Acts of Love and Discovery 91
Chapter 11 "Johnny's in the Basement, Mixing Up the Medicine," or I'll Trade You Two Metaphors for a Metonymy 101
Chapter 12 Contrariety and Commitment: Wedding Passions 115
Chapter 13 On Lemmas, Theorems, Corollaries, and All That 127
Chapter 14 Many a New Thing 139
Chapter 15 Through a Tangle of Branches: Reworking the Poem 153
Chapter 16 Writing with/in Leftovers 171
Chapter 17 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" 187
Chapter 18 How I Work 197
Chapter 19 A Truthful Tale About How I Work 205
Chapter 20 Upstairs 219
Chapter 21 Writing the Classed Body: "Is It Work Yet?" 233
Chapter 22 Putting Coyolxauhqui Together: A Creative Process 241
Chapter 23 Should We Be Working? 263
Contributors 275
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