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Teaching Patsy Yaeger

Teaching Patsy Yaeger JeSS r obertS This essay began as a talk I gave in March 2015 at a symposium called “The Luminous Mind,” a sympo- We live in a sium that commemorated Patsy Yaeger. The event took place in a long narrow room just down the hall culture that from the University of Michigan’s Department of propounds English. It is a place I, as a graduate student, associ- ated with intellectual rigor and inquiry, vulnerabil- a decidedly ity and power, stress and anxiety. It was not a place impoverished I associated with love—that is, until the symposium that Patsy’s friends and colleagues organized. That understanding day, in that place, people who had known Patsy for of the decades gathered with people who had known her for just a few years. People who had watched her usefulness and children grow up sat next to people who only knew consequence her through her words. As one person aft er the other took to the podium, during the formal lec- of imaginative tures and then an informal sharing of memories, literature. But the same words cropped up again and again in their remarks: wild, whimsical, capacious, generous, and, it is useful, of course, luminous. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Teaching Patsy Yaeger

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 48 (2) – Nov 17, 2016

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

JeSS r obertS This essay began as a talk I gave in March 2015 at a symposium called “The Luminous Mind,” a sympo- We live in a sium that commemorated Patsy Yaeger. The event took place in a long narrow room just down the hall culture that from the University of Michigan’s Department of propounds English. It is a place I, as a graduate student, associ- ated with intellectual rigor and inquiry, vulnerabil- a decidedly ity and power, stress and anxiety. It was not a place impoverished I associated with love—that is, until the symposium that Patsy’s friends and colleagues organized. That understanding day, in that place, people who had known Patsy for of the decades gathered with people who had known her for just a few years. People who had watched her usefulness and children grow up sat next to people who only knew consequence her through her words. As one person aft er the other took to the podium, during the formal lec- of imaginative tures and then an informal sharing of memories, literature. But the same words cropped up again and again in their remarks: wild, whimsical, capacious, generous, and, it is useful, of course, luminous.

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 17, 2016

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