Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9780226884158 Published May 1996 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada

Back Talk

Teaching Lost Selves to Speak

Joan Weimer

Back Talk
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Joan Weimer

312 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1994
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9780226884158 Published May 1996 Not for sale in the British Commonwealth except Canada
Joan Weimer had spent three years researching the life of nineteenth-century novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson for a critical biography when a devastating back injury left her virtually immobile. Pain reshaped her research as she discovered more about Woolson's writing, family, and grief. The imaginative relationship she developed with Woolson—chronicled in this heart-felt book— helped Weimer to escape her physical disability as she wrestled with the question of how to redefine herself.

In this elegant, humorous, and brutally frank memoir, Weimer's discoveries—documentative and imaginative, historical and personal—reveal much about what motivates research, and what motivates healing.
Contents
Prologue
1. Taking Advantage
2. Informed Consent
3. Learning to Walk
4. Credentials
5. Buried Goddesses
6. The Proud Salmon of the Pond
7. Sisters of Charity
8. Maternal Mirrors
9. Brass Horse, High Horse
10. Spirits from the Vasty Deep
11. Not All of Them Will Love You
12. Why Literary Women Break Down
13. The Healthiest Woman in New Jersey
14. Meeting Miss Grief
15. Nightmare Doubles
16. Not Everything Can Open
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
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