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Back Talk: Teaching Lost Selves to Speak
by Joan Weimer
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-226-88415-8
Library of Congress Classification PE64.W55A3 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 820.9

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.

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