Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life

Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life

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Taylor & Francis
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Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life

Wise Women is a collection of autobiographical essays by important and renowned teachers at mid-life. The essays, which are deeply personal, will focus on how these women negotiate the psychological, physical, and social changes brought on by menopause and how the

aging process affects their lives as professionals, feminists, writers, mentors, and instructors in the academy. The book addresses such questions as the following: What challenges are left for the feminists who came of age during the women's movement and now have achieved academic

success? How do women teachers experience their aging selves in the classroom? and What legacy will mid-life women leave their younger women colleagues? All of these questions, as well as many others, are covered in this insightful and groundbreaking work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415923026
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part IBody & Time
1.Teaching Where I Was Taught: Coming Home11
2.Game Plans17
3."Pregnant with [Myself], at Last": Images of Midlife/A Journal Entry23
4."Saturating Language with Love": Variations on a Dream27
5.The Time of Our Lives: The Public Life of Teaching37
Part IIRipening & Rootedness
7.Goodbye, Ms. Chips49
8.But Tell Me, Do You Like Teaching?61
9.Me, Myself, Menopause, and I69
10.Reflections on Teaching (and Life in General) Once You've Become a Grandmother81
11.Mud Ponies87
12.Unsettled Weather95
Part IIIFeisty & Girls
13.Academic Witchery: Snakes and Snails and Scholarly Tales109
14.Choice Points and Courage117
15.I Can't Hear ... I Can't See ... I Can't Remember Anything125
16.Memories of a "First Woman"135
17.Rant for Old Teachers147
Part IVTeaching in Time
18.A Teaching Life157
19.Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart167
20.Ecstasy: Teaching and Learning without Limits173
21.Re-viewing Our Professional Lives: Talking (and Listening) for a Living179
22.On Statutes and Dogs, Poems and "Regs," and Life inside the Classroom191
23.Exploring Critical Feminist Pedagogy: Revelations and Confessions about Teaching at Midlife197
Part VCommunity & Generativity
24.Themes That Link through Time213
25.Naming, Sharing, Speaking: Teaching in Midlife221
26."Thinking Back through [My] Mother": Reclaiming Anger, Advocacy, and Pleasure in Teaching231
27.Charis = Light = Grace241
Notes and References245
Selected Bibliography251

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