A Narrative Compass

A Narrative Compass : Stories that Guide Women's Lives

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Each of us has a narrative compass, a story that has guided our lifework. In this extraordinary collection, women scholars from a variety of disciplines identify and examine the stories that have inspired them, haunted them, and shaped their research, from Little House on the Prairie to Little Women, from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Nancy Drew, Mary Jane, and even the Chinese memoir Jottings from the Transcendant's Abode at Mt. Youtai. Telling the \u0022story of her story\u0022 leads each of the essayists to insights about her own approach to studying narratives and to a deeper, often surprising, understanding of the power of imagination. Contributors are Deyonne Bryant, Minjie Chen, Cindy L. Christiansen, Beverly Lyon Clark, Karen Coats, Wendy Doniger, Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Betsy Hearne, Joanna Hearne, Ann Hendricks, Rania Huntington, Christine Jenkins, Kimberly Lau, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Maria Tatar, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Roberta Seelinger Trites, Claudia Quintero Ulloa, and Ofelia Zepeda.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076117
  • 9780252076114
  • 1,651,293

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"Rich and inspiring."--Research on Children's Literature "A uniformly stellar volume."--Children's Literature Association Quarterly "In each elegant interpretation, the author traces the ripple effects of a story that thrilled or provoked her, a story that became a catalyst for a lifelong passion, and a story that became a virtual home, to return to for clarification. Rich and mind-opening testimony to the profound, even chthonic power of tales well told."--Booklistshow more

Table of contents

Contributors are Deyonne Bryant, Minjie Chen, Cindy L. Christiansen, Beverly Lyon Clark, Karen Coats, Wendy Doniger, Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Betsy Hearne, Joanna Hearne, Ann Hendricks, Rania Huntington, Christine Jenkins, Kimberly Lau, Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, Maria Tatar, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Roberta Seelinger Trites, Claudia Quintero Ulloa, and Ofelia Zepeda.show more

About Betsy Hearne

Betsy Hearne is the former director of the Center for Children's Books and a professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Roberta Seelinger Trites is a professor of English at Illinois State University.show more

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