Plain and Ordinary Things: Reading Women in the Writing Classroomby Deborah A. Dooley
Pub. Date: 06/01/1995
Publisher: State University of New York Press
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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.
Table of ContentsForeword
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
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