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In Personal Effects, Holdstein and Bleich compile a volume that cuts across the grain of current orthodoxy. These editors and contributors argue that it is fundamental in humanistic scholarship to take account of the personal and collective experiences of scholars, researchers, critics, and teachers.

 With this volume, then, these scholars move us to explore the intersections of the social with subjectivity, with voice, ideology, and culture, and to consider the roles of these in the work of academics who study writing and literature. Taken together, the essays in this collection carry forward the idea that the personal, the candidly subjective and intersubjective, must be part of the subject of study in humanities scholarship. They propose an understanding of the personal in scholarship that is more helpful because more clearly anchored in human experience.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. INTRODUCTION Recognizing the Human in the Humanities
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. PART ONE Ideals and Cautions
  1. 1 SCHOLARLY MEMOIR An Un-“Professional” Practice
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. 2 IN THE NAME OF THE SUBJECT Some Recent Versions of the Personal
  2. pp. 51-76
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  1. PART TWO Self-Inclusion in Literary Scholarship
  1. 3 RADICAL INTROSPECTION IN SCHOLARSHIP AND TEACHING
  2. pp. 79-92
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  1. 4 LOSS, MEMORY, AND THE WORK OF LEARNING Lessons from the Teaching Life of Anne Sexton
  2. pp. 93-117
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  1. PART THREE Teaching and Scholarship Face to Face
  1. 5 “KNOWLEDGE HAS A FACE” The Jewish, the Personal, and the Pedagogical
  2. pp. 121-144
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  1. 6 “WHO WAS THAT MASKED AUTHOR?” The Faces of Academic Editing
  2. pp. 145-161
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  1. PART FOUR Teaching and Scholarship Public and Private
  1. 7 AUTOBIOGRAPHY The Mixed Genre of Private and Public
  2. pp. 165-177
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  1. 8 THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF “EXPRESSIVIST ” PEDAGOGY
  2. pp. 178-198
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  1. 9 LIFE WORK THROUGH TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP
  2. pp. 199-219
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  1. 10 PERSONAL EXPERIENCE PAPER
  2. pp. 220-231
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  1. 11 “THE WORLD NEVER ENDS” Professional Judgments at Home, Abroad
  2. pp. 232-249
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  1. PART FIVE The Social Character of Personal Narrative
  1. 12 LEARNING TO TAKE IT PERSONALLY
  2. pp. 253-266
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  1. 13 CUENTOS DE MI HISTORIA An Art of Memory
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. 14 PERSONAL LANDMARKS ON PEDAGOGICAL LANDSCAPES
  2. pp. 277-295
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  1. 15 THE ANXIETY AND NOSTALGIA OF LITERACY A Narrative about Race, Language, and a Teaching Life
  2. pp. 296-316
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  1. 16 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Memory, Location, And The (Un)making of National Subjectivity
  2. pp. 317-334
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  1. 17 THE PERSONAL AS HISTORY
  2. pp. 335-356
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 357-376
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 381-385
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