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Telling HistoriesBlack Women Historians in the Ivory Tower$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832011

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889121_white

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The Death of Dry Tears

The Death of Dry Tears

(p.172) The Death of Dry Tears
Telling Histories

Ula Taylor

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the concept of dry tears as explained by Ula Taylor—weeping without visible evidence. Taylor learned to weep dry tears when two of her senior colleagues, pioneering literary critic Barbara Christian and renowned poet and activist June Jordan passed away. The loss of these two colleagues and the mounting pressures of a workplace where Taylor felt their absence daily sent her into a tailspin of sadness and worry. The loss of Taylor's father and sister followed within the next two years. In the wake of their deaths, however, Taylor discovered two unexpected sources of healing: wet tears and intellectual work. This chapter is the story of learning a different way to cry and a different way to work.

Keywords:   dry tears, Ula Taylor, literary critic, Barbara Christian, renowned poet, June Jordan

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