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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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Un Essai D'EgoHistoire

Un Essai D'EgoHistoire

(p.28) Un Essai D'EgoHistoire
Telling Histories

Nell Irvin Painter

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the story of former historian Nell Irvin Painter, who retired from teaching history, and who will be, by the time this volume is published, a full-time undergraduate student in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Painter writes this chapter personally—beyond the conventions of academic history—looking back on a gratifying part of her life. She expresses how history will remain in her life as a bountiful source of subject matter, and also why the original essay upon which the chapter is based was written in French. According to Painter, French expresses an essential part of the freedom at the foundation of her identity and survival. The genre of historians writing autobiographically also first came to her in French. Having lived so much on the periphery of everything American, French has anchored Painter for nearly half a century.

Keywords:   former historian, Nell Irvin Painter, undergraduate student, Mason Gross School, Rutgers University

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