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By Christine Overall

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Our universities are the locus of ongoing debates over the politics of gender, of sophistication, of drawback and disability—and over the problem of "political correctness." In A Feminist I Christine total bargains wide-ranging reflections from a first-person perspective on those matters, and at the politics of the trendy collage itself. In doing so she continuously returns to underlying epistemological issues. What are our assumptions in regards to the ways that wisdom is built? To what measure are our perceptions formed via our social roles and identities? some time past new release feminists have led the best way in recognising the significance of such questions, and recognising too the ways that own adventure will be a useful reference element in educational conception and perform. yet reliance on own event is fraught with difficulties; how is one to house tensions among the autobiographical and the analytic? This ebook issues how to resolving a few of these tensions, and to fruitfully maintaining others. it's a publication of substantial perception, hot humanity, and real significance.

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It starts from a collection of experiential storieswhich is, of course, where, classically, feminist thinking beginsand chronicles some stages of my feminist od[d]yssey in the university. I call it an od[d]yssey because I am conscious of the eccentricity of my journey through academia. On the one hand, my academic path has been entirely ordinary and unexceptional: BA, MA, and PhD degrees, followed (after a nine-year stint at a Quebec CÉGEP) by a university appointment in which I moved up through the ranks Page 16 from assistant to associate and then to full professor.

Similarly, I suggest, because there are good reasons both for opposing a relativist view of the moral limits of feminism and for tolerating wide divergence among self-confessed feminists, feminists may have to live with, and Page 44 ruefully, perhaps, acknowledge, the ongoing tension between forging a strong identity as feminists and refusing to be confined by our identity as feminists. In other words, there is no neat and definitive answer to the question of how we know what a real feminist is; the very nature of feminism as a moral and political project generates an irresolvableyet also fruitfulepistemological uncertainty about who we are and what we should do.

How much informal counselling and hand-holding should I do? ) Should a feminist teacher be a friend to her feminist students, as Leslie Thielen-Wilson (1988) has suggested? 4) These role muddles about my position as a feminist teacher are exacerbated by my complicated and touchy relationship with my institution. As Evelyn Fox Keller and Helen Moglen (1987, 26) have observed, whereas my feminist students may expect confident and supportive mentors, many women faculty themselves do not actually experience themselves as powerful.

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