Plain and Ordinary Things: Reading Women in the Writing Classroom

Plain and Ordinary Things: Reading Women in the Writing Classroom

by Deborah A. Dooley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791423190

ISBN-13: 9780791423196

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book is about women's exploration of the relations between their private and public selves--it examines the voices with which women speak to their students, their colleagues, and themselves. The major audience is women interested in women's identity and identity construction as well as writing.

Plain and Ordinary Things revisions the space of student

Overview

This book is about women's exploration of the relations between their private and public selves--it examines the voices with which women speak to their students, their colleagues, and themselves. The major audience is women interested in women's identity and identity construction as well as writing.

Plain and Ordinary Things revisions the space of student writing in classrooms from a number of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives: feminist, literary, anthropological, and phenomenological. It actualizes the relationships among reading and writing, the songs of pre-literate people, nineteenth and twentieth century literary history, feminist theories about gender and language, and women’s writing and pedagogy. The book explores the relations between private and public selves and women’s roles as teachers and writers. Dooley also examines the authenticity of women’s voices with which they speak to their students, their colleagues, and themselves.

The discussion of reading, writing, and teaching in the book is informed by several premises. The most important of these is that writing and teaching are reproductive acts that gather up past experience, providing a ground for the expression and transformation of identity and that understanding this changes pedagogical theory and practice. The book also focuses on reading the writing of three twentieth century women authors: Virginia Woolf, Joanna Field (nee Marion Milner), and Adrienne Rich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791423196
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Series:
SUNY series, Feminist Theory in Education Series
Pages:
273

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part One: Song and Sexuality: A Theory of Women's Writing

I. Songs of Silence: Women's Writing and the Recovery of the Romantic Project

II. Reading Women's Songs: A Theory of Orality

Part Two: Reading Writing Women: Virginia Woolf, Joanna Field, and Adrienne Rich

III. Reclaiming the Garden Song: Notes toward a Phenomenology of Intimacy

IV. Virginia Woolf and the Problematic of Intimacy

V. Rituals of Happiness: Joanna Field's Method of Following the Image

VI. 'Re-membering': Adrienne Rich and the Problematic of Experience

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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