Sex Roles

, Volume 78, Issue 9–10, pp 710–712 | Cite as

“Hasn’t Anything Changed?” Resilience, Creativity, and Privilege in Women’s Lives in the Academy

Staging Women’s Lives in Academia: Gendered Life Stages in Language and Literature Workplaces. Edited by Michelle A. Massé and Nan Bauer-Maglin, Albany, NY, State University of New York Press, 2017. 380 pp. $90.00 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-1438464213
  • Eileen L. Zurbriggen
Book Review

This edited collection of essays by women about their lives in academia sprang from a panel at the 2012 meeting of the Modern Language Association, organized by Michelle Massé and with Nan Bauer-Maglin as one of the panelists. This fortuitous encounter led to the publication of a volume that should be of interest to women in academia within and beyond the fields of literature and languages, as well as to higher education administrators. The editors asked women at all stages of academic life (from graduate school to retirement) to write essays that included personal narratives about, and feminist analyses of, their experiences in academia. One of the explicit goals for the volume was to push against the neoliberal assertion that lives are shaped only by individual choices by featuring stories that reveal how seemingly personal decisions are shaped and constrained by institutional and structural forces. Although not every essay accomplishes this goal, the book as a whole does, and it...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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