By Christine Overall
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 viewpoint on those matters, and at the politics of the fashionable collage itself. In doing so she consistently returns to underlying epistemological matters. What are our assumptions concerning the ways that wisdom is built? To what measure are our perceptions formed by means of our social roles and identities? some time past iteration feminists have led the best way in recognising the significance of such questions, and recognising too the ways that own adventure can be a useful reference element in educational conception and perform. yet reliance on own adventure is fraught with difficulties; how is one to house tensions among the autobiographical and the analytic? This e-book issues the right way to resolving a few of these tensions, and to fruitfully maintaining others. it's a e-book of substantial perception, hot humanity, and real significance.
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Does my working-class upbringing compensate for the privileges I enjoy as a white woman? Of course notbut I still experience role muddles over the problem of how and to what extent I can and should disaffiliate, to use Frye's term (1983, 126127), from all the various forms of my privilege. My role muddles in these instances are concerned with questions about whether and how, with all of my privileges, I can still be a genuine, and genuinely moral, feminist academic. An Epistemological Paradox in Feminism It might be suggested that my role muddles arise largely from the fact that there are many versions of feminism (Alcoff 1988, Delmar 1986, Offen 1988, Snitow 1990), so that a self-identified feminist may feel discomfort in confrontations with its different public manifestations.
Miller 1997, 1013) However, as I assume throughout this book, the dangers of an uncritical, too-respectful appeal to experience do not mean that experience should not be used at all, only that it must be used critically and with care: "For it is through manipulation that one gains power over an experience in which one originally was powerlessthat, at least, is the therapeutic lesson" (Perillo 1997, A56). Thus, this book is intended both as a demonstration and as an evaluation of the use of experience in academic writing.
Thus, this book is intended both as a demonstration and as an evaluation of the use of experience in academic writing. [E]xperience is not infrequently played as the trump card of authenticity, the last word of personal truth, forestalling all further discussion, let alone analysis. Nevertheless, experience is undeniably a key category of everyday knowledge, structuring people's lives in important ways. So, just as I know perfectly well that the whole idea is a fiction and a lure, part of me also 'knows' that my experiencemy memories, my feelingsare important because these things make me what I Page 30 am, make me different from everyone else.
A feminist I: reflections from academia by Christine Overall