"I value "Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers "for the
compassionate way in which Schell combines a feminist and
materialist analysis of the historical and economic conditions that
have led to the exploitation of adjunct faculty, the majority of
whom are women."
- College English
Fully two-thirds of all part-time teachers in English studies
are women, many with no permanent faculty standing, no benefits, no
job security, and little or no chance for promotion. How does the
"feminization" of writing programs affect the newly formed
discipline of rhetoric and composition?
"Gypsy Academics and Mother-Teachers" illuminates the complex
gendered ideologies that surround writing instruction--drawing on
feminist theories of women's work, Marxist theories of class and
labor, sociological and economic studies of part-time academic
employment, and personal interviews with part-time women writing
faculty. Eileen Schell contends that part-time faculty members'
interests and contributions have been underrepresented in our
research narratives and professional histories in rhetoric and
composition. Her book attempts to revalue practitioner knowledge
and to reclaim the voices and perspectives of part-time women
writing instructors as a vital part of the history and growth of
rhetoric and composition as a discipline.
Both a theoretical and practical study, "Gypsy Academics and
Mother-Teachers" not only theorizes the structures of gender and
labor in writing programs; it also offers administrators,
theorists, and practitioners ideas for improving the working
conditions and professional status of part-time writing
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