Contingent Self: One Reading Life

Contingent Self: One Reading Life (Paperback)

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Contingent Self: One Reading Life
Purdue University Press
5.00" x 8.00"

Book Description

Both accessible and insightful, this collection of personal critical essays employs a formal study of literature as framework for the consideration of universal issues, including grief management, death, and acceptance of, and benefit from, traumatic change. These topics offer Brackett the opportunity to reflect upon the joys and rigors of scholarship as she considers professional issues, such as academic advancement through publication. They stand as testimony to one professional's belief that academia should not only embrace but encourage a number of approaches to self-expression on the part of its scholars. Her personal commentary draws from the work and life stories of many writers, including Elizabeth Cary, Anne Bradstreet, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rabindranath Tagore, Leo Tolstoy, Katherine Anne Porter, and V.S. Naipaul. Critical and philosophical commentary by notables such as Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, Jane Tompkins, Lois McNay, Diane P. Freeman, Olvia Frey, Frances Murphy Zauhar, Janice Radway and Patricia Waugh interlace and advance Brackett's own speculations. The book makes clear Brackett's belief that no reasonable explanation exists for the necessity some scholars see in withholding results of literary study from a broader audience, unless it be a reluctance to write with the clarity necessary to make digestible and enjoyable the fruits of their profession.

About the Author(s):

Virginia Brackett holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas and is the chair of the English Department at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Her previous books include The Encyclopedia of Classic Love and Romance Literature, Elizabeth Cary: Woman of Conscience, and several young adult biographies. In 2005, her book Restless Genius: The Story of Virgina Woolf was selected as one of 30 recommended books by the Amelia Bloomer Project of the American Library Association.