On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology [NOOK Book]

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Where much of the existing scholarship on Nancy Mairs has approached her essays in the context of disability studies, this book seeks to broaden the conversation through a wider range of critical perspectives and with attention to underrepresented aspects of Mairs's oeuvre. With particular attention to the ways Mairs shapes her essays around a variety of "unspeakables" - such as depression, female sexuality and infidelity, mortality and death, or the struggle for faith in a post-modern world - this collection ...

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On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology

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Overview

Where much of the existing scholarship on Nancy Mairs has approached her essays in the context of disability studies, this book seeks to broaden the conversation through a wider range of critical perspectives and with attention to underrepresented aspects of Mairs's oeuvre. With particular attention to the ways Mairs shapes her essays around a variety of "unspeakables" - such as depression, female sexuality and infidelity, mortality and death, or the struggle for faith in a post-modern world - this collection demonstrates Mairs's provocative combination of bold ethics and subtle aesthetics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230349247
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 429 KB

Meet the Author

MERRI LISA JOHNSON is Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and an Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, USA.

SUSANNAH B. MINTZ is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of English at Skidmore College, USA.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Nancy Mairs on Nancy Mairs
PART I: THE WAY IN (TWO INTRODUCTORY STATEMENTS)
On Difficult Gifts: A Biographical Portrait of Nancy Mairs
On Counterphobic Displays: A Feminist Cripistemology of Unspeakable Embodiment
PART II: FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS
Autopathography: Women, Illness, and Life-writing
"Making up the Stories as We Go Along": Men, Women, and Narratives of Disability
Transforming the Tale: The Auto/Body/ographies of Nancy Mairs
Dismembering the Heterosexual Imaginary: The Infidelity Narrative in Nancy Mairs's Remembering the Bone House
PART III: NEW ESSAYS
On the Rhetoric of Gloom and Joy: In Turbulent Love with the World in A Troubled Guest
On the Carnivalesque: Unruly Bodies in Nancy Mairs' "On Touching by Accident"
On Depression Narratives: "Hence, into the dark, we write . . ."
On Nancy's Husband George: Masculinity, Disability, and Sex after Cancer in Remembering the Bone House and Waist High in the World
On Marriage, Church, and Being a Feminist Catholic Sacraments of the Body in Ordinary Time
On Collaboration: Nancy Mairs's Ethic of Community
Afterword: Staring at Nancy Mairs
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