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Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance

reviewed by Paul Kameen - August 08, 2007

coverTitle: Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance
Author(s): Paula M. Salvio
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791470989 , Pages: 151, Year: 2007
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This is an unusual book in several respects, both in what it seeks to do and in how it seeks to do it. Most generally, it is another instance of what we might call “personal” scholarship, the mode of academic research that has been burgeoning lately, opening up an array of new approaches to familiar materials by making the subject position of the scholar an express component of the composing process. Salvio, for example, locates her study of Sexton deeply in the vexatious context of her own autobiography and her own intellectual career, where Sexton serves as a sort of sphinx for her persistent interrogation. So there is, from the outset, a deep passion, an investment of emotion that drives and informs the inquiry, with a variety of effects, both positive and negative, on the outcome. Her subject is, of course, Anne Sexton, whose notoriously original, daring, and scandalous poetry... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 08, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14576, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 7:10:10 PM

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  • Paul Kameen
    University of Pittsburgh
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    PAUL KAMEEN is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of interest include composition, pedagogy, rhetoric, and poetics. His book, Writing/Teaching: Essays Toward a Rhetoric of Pedagogy , received the 2002 CCC Outstanding Book Award. His poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals.
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