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On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs
 
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On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs
A Critical Anthology
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
 
13 Sep 2011
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Where much of the existing scholarship on Nancy Mairs has approached her essays in the context of disability studies, this book seeks to broaden the conversation through a wider range of critical perspectives and with attention to underrepresented aspects of Mairs's oeuvre. With particular attention to the ways Mairs shapes her essays around a variety of "unspeakables" - such as depression, female sexuality and infidelity, mortality and death, or the struggle for faith in a post-modern world - this collection demonstrates Mairs's provocative combination of bold ethics and subtle aesthetics.


Description

Where much of the existing scholarship on Nancy Mairs has approached her essays in the context of disability studies, this book seeks to broaden the conversation through a wider range of critical perspectives and with attention to underrepresented aspects of Mairs's oeuvre. With particular attention to the ways Mairs shapes her essays around a variety of "unspeakables" - such as depression, female sexuality and infidelity, mortality and death, or the struggle for faith in a post-modern world - this collection demonstrates Mairs's provocative combination of bold ethics and subtle aesthetics.


Reviews

'With the publication of this collection of critical essays, Johnson and Mintz confirm Nancy Mairs's place in both the intellectual histories of writing the body and in feminist literature about coming to voice. They have created a stirring critical milieu for Mairs's achingly embodied prose, charting her oeuvre with meticulous consideration. The editors and their contributors do homage not only to Mairs's subject position as a woman with disabilities, but also as a wife, mother, lover, social activist, poet, daughter, and more. Guided by Mairs's conviction that language has the capacity to effect change, the essays collected here explore the ways Mairs disrupts the fixed routes of our cultural narratives and widens the parameters of what can be said.'—Janet Mason Ellerby, Professor of English, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and author of Intimate Reading: The Contemporary Women's Memoir and Following the Tambourine Man: A Birthmother's Memoir

'Nancy Mairs is not just a brilliant essayist; she is a valuable public intellectual with much to say about our present condition. As such, she deserves more critical attention than she has received to date. This welcome collection of essays, which explores her work from a variety of angles, illuminates the truth and beauty of her prose.'—Tom Couser, Professor of English, Director of Disability Studies, Hofstra University


Contents

Preface: Hello and Goodbye - Nancy Mairs
PART I: INTRODUCTION; OR TWO WAYS IN
On Writing toward Trust - Susannah Mintz
On Feminist Intellectual History - Merri Lisa Johnson
PART II: NEW ESSAYS
On Difficult Gifts: A Biographical Portrait of Nancy Mairs - Hayley Mitchell Haugen
On Writing in a Collaborative Spirit: Nancy Mairs's Ethic of Community - Susan Cumings
On Depression Narratives: 'Hence, into the dark, we write . . .' - Hilary Clark
On the Rhetoric of Gloom and Joy: In Turbulent Love with the World in A Troubled Guest - Susannah Mintz
On Nancy's Husband George Masculinity, Disability, and Sex after Cancer in Remembering the Bone House and Waist High in the World - Margaret Torrell
On Marriage, Church, and Being a Feminist Catholic Sacraments of the Body in Ordinary Time - Jenny Christine Bangsund
PART III: FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS
Autopathography: Women, Illness, and Life-writing - G. Thomas Couser
'Making up the Stories as We Go Along': Men, Women, and Narratives of Disability - Madonne Miner
Transforming the Tale: The Auto/Body/ographies of Nancy Mairs - Susannah Mintz
Dismembering the Heterosexual Imaginary: The Infidelity Narrative in Nancy Mairs's Remembering the Bone House - Merri Lisa Johnson


Authors

MERRI LISA JOHNSON is Director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and an Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, USA.

SUSANNAH B. MINTZ is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of English at Skidmore College, USA.