A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women's Lives

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-03-13
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Each of us has a narrative compass, a story that has guided our lifework. In this extraordinary collection, women scholars from a variety of disciplines identify and examine the stories that have inspired them, haunted them, and shaped their research, fromLittle House on the PrairietoLittle Women, from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen andAlice's Adventures in Wonderlandto Nancy Drew,Mary Jane,and even the Chinese memoirJottings from the Transcendant's Abode at Mt. Youtai.Telling the "story of her story" leads each of the essayists to insights about her own approach to studying narratives and to a deeper, often surprising, understanding of the power of imagination.Contributors are Deyonne Bryant, Minjie Chen, Cindy L. Christiansen, Beverly Lyon Clark, Karen Coats, Wendy Doniger, Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Betsy Hearne, Joanna Hearne, Ann Hendricks, Rania Huntington, Christine Jenkins, Kimberly Lau, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Maria Tatar, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Roberta Seelinger Trites, Claudia Quintero Ulloa, and Ofelia Zepeda.

Author Biography

Betsy Hearne is the former director of the Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Roberta Seelinger Trites is a professor of English at Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Finding The Compass
The Tea Fragrance Chamberp. 1
Academic Grief: Journeys with Little Womenp. 8
Girl: Stories on the Way to Feminismp. 19
A Language Journeyp. 31
A Thousand and One Talesp. 39
A Passage to, and from, Indiap. 47
Literary And Critical Directions
Balancing on Interpretive Fences or Leaping into the Void: Reconciling Myself with Castaneda and The Teachings of Don Juanp. 57
Wet Work and Dry Work: Notes from a Lacanian Motherp. 68
The Pleasures of Dreaming: How L. M. Montgomery Shaped My Lifeworldsp. 80
Her Story and History: Journeys with Laura Ingalls Wilderp. 96
A Moral Compass: Dorothy Sterling's Mary Janep. 102
Uniquely Qualifiedp. 115
Escaping Home, Finding Home
Wondering with Alicep. 125
Romancing the Muse of History: The Secret Garden, Mary Lennox, and Mep. 131
The Ghost in the Borrowed Story: A Mystery in Twenty Chaptersp. 141
Generations of Melodrama: A Cinderella Storyp. 156
My Journey Homep. 170
Birth Mapsp. 180
Bringing the Story Home: A Journey with Beauty and the Beastp. 194
Contributorsp. 213
Indexp. 217
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