Those Winter Sundays

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This collection of memoirs examines the relationship between daughters with academic degrees and their working-class parents. Each contributor explores the influence that higher education has had on her relationship with her parent(s), as well as their influence on her academic work. In writing that is akin to archeological work, each writer sifts through layers of experience and draws on the lessons and language of home to consider what working-class parents provide beyond food and shelter for their academically...

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Overview

This collection of memoirs examines the relationship between daughters with academic degrees and their working-class parents. Each contributor explores the influence that higher education has had on her relationship with her parent(s), as well as their influence on her academic work. In writing that is akin to archeological work, each writer sifts through layers of experience and draws on the lessons and language of home to consider what working-class parents provide beyond food and shelter for their academically inclined child, and what personal cost is exacted of parent and child in the process. Their stories provoke anyone who has gone to college — woman or man — to consider the influence of their parents on their academic career. The themes in the collection fall into five broad categories: the value and power of bringing the lessons and language of working-class parents into the academy; the psychology of class learned from a parent; the ambivalence of love and pain associated with a parent's sacrifice and the process of becoming an academic; the balancing act of straddling the worlds of academia and home; and definitions of work that either complement or conflict with those learned from parents. The memoirs acknowledge in retrospect how each writer's understanding of her parent(s) shapes her views on education and work.

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Editorial Reviews

Nwsa Journal
These memoirs are all refreshingly readable in accessible language so that they may be shared with students at all levels, from freshman to graduate students. Those Winter Sundays is an important contribution to the emerging field of working-class studies.
Feminist Formations
These memoirs are all refreshingly readable in accessible language so that they may be shared with students at all levels, from freshman to graduate students. Those Winter Sundays is an important contribution to the emerging field of working-class studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761829799
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen A. Welsch is Associate Professor of English at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Professor Welsch holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by Janet Zandy Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction by Kathleen A. Welsch Chapter 4 The Seams That Stood All the Changes: Keeping It Together in Academia Chapter 5 You Ain't Never Gonna Be Better Than Me Chapter 6 The Uses of Denial, or the Psychology of Class Chapter 7 Living and Learning in the Balance Chapter 8 From White Trash to White Collar Chapter 9 Another Cup Chapter 10 "A Circle" or, Strangely, a Life in School Chapter 11 The Ever Present Past Chapter 12 Red Necks, Blue Collars, and Schooling Chapter 13 A Waitress, A Hairdresser, and Their Daughters Who Became Professors Chapter 14 Literacy and the Quality of Life Chapter 15 Army Green and the University: The After Life of War Wounds Chapter 16 I Know What to Look For Chapter 17 Fragments/I (Re)member Chapter 18 Speaking in Tongues: The Complications of Difference, Loyalty, and Entitlement in an Academic Life Chapter 19 Contributor Information

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