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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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History without Illusion

History without Illusion

(p.135) History without Illusion
Telling Histories

Julie Saville

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the story of Julie Saville and how, in one September morning in 2006, she heard enough from her mother to understand that the woman had given her a provocative theme for this quasi-autobiographical reflection on how she came to the study, writing, and teaching of history. Saville's mother's words might have drawn in part on a frequently aired television commercial for motorized wheelchairs, which portrays their purchase as a means to “get your freedom back.” What Saville's mother said, however, also called her daughter to reflect on the changing terms of interaction that she had experienced in her travels between various social and academic communities. Such an approach seems well suited to reckoning with Saville's notion of self as relational and contradictory, defined more by historical processes of interaction and encounter than by actualization of preformulated, individual tendencies.

Keywords:   Julie Saville, provocative theme, quasi-autobiographical reflection, teaching of history, terms of interaction

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