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The Teacher's Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy / Edition 1
     

The Teacher's Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy / Edition 1

by Diane P. Freedman, Martha Stoddard Holmes, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Madeleine R. Grumet, Martha Stoddard Holmes
 

ISBN-10: 0791457664

ISBN-13: 9780791457665

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A rich and honest conversation about professors' lives and the absurdity of trying to separate the personal from the professional.

These highly personal essays from a range of academic settings explore the palpable moments of discomfort, disempowerment, and/or enlightenment that emerge when we discard the fiction that the teacher has no body. Visible

Overview

A rich and honest conversation about professors' lives and the absurdity of trying to separate the personal from the professional.

These highly personal essays from a range of academic settings explore the palpable moments of discomfort, disempowerment, and/or enlightenment that emerge when we discard the fiction that the teacher has no body. Visible and/or invisible, the body can transform both the teacher’s experience and classroom dynamics. When students think the teacher’s body is clearly marked by ethnicity, race, disability, size, gender, sexuality, illness, age, pregnancy, class, linguistic and geographic origins, or some combination of these, both the mode and the content of education can change. Other, less visible aspects of a teacher’s body, such as depression or a history of sexual assault, can have an equally powerful impact on how we teach and learn. The collection anatomizes these moments of embodied pedagogy as unexpected teaching opportunities and examines their apparent impact on teacher-student educational dynamics of power, authority, desire, friendship, open-mindedness, and resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791457665
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Bodies Enter the Classroom
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Diane P. Freedman and Martha Stoddard Holmes

The Teacher's Body
Betty Smith Franklin

On the Desk: Dwarfism, Teaching, and the Body
Scott Andrew Smith

Body Teaching
Cortney Davis

Teaching Women's Studies, E-Mailing Cancer
Carolyn DiPalma

Johnny Mnemonic Meets the Bimbo: Feminist Pedagogy and Postmodern Performance
Diane Price Herndl

"I've Got a Blind Prof": The Place of Blindness in the Academy
Rod Michalko

My Body, Myself: A Quadriplegic's Perception of and Approach to Teaching
Richard Radtke with James Skouge

The Day the Foreign Devil Came to Class: My Teaching Body in China
Pam Whitfield

Walking on Thin Ice: The Il/legitimacy of Race and Racial Issues in the Classroom
Simone A. James Alexander

Moving Bodies
Petra Kuppers

Dancing Revolution: A Meditation on Teaching and Aging
Brenda Daly

Enforcing Diversity and Living with Disability: Learning from My First Teaching Year
Ray Pence

A "Sisterly Camaraderie" and Other Queer Friendships: A Gay Teacher Interacting with Straight Students
Jonathan Alexander

Teaching Pregnant: A Case for Holistic Pedagogy
Amy Spangler Gerald

A Vessel of Possibilities: Teaching through the Expectant Body
Kimberly Wallace-Sanders

At Home at Work: Confining and Defining Pregnancy in the Academy
Allison Giffen

Coming Out Pedagogy: Risking Identity in Language and Literature Classrooms
Brenda Jo Brueggemann and Debra A. Moddelmog

Dangerous Responses
Michelle Cox and Katherine E. Tirabassi

Afterword: My Teacher's Body
Madeleine R. Grumet

Epilogue
Diane P. Freedman and Martha Stoddard Holmes

List of Contributors

Index

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