Mary Fair Croushore Professor of Humanities; Director, Institute for the Humanities; Professor of English and Women's Studies
Fields of Specialization
Narrative and Human Rights
Women's Studies in Literature
Sidonie Smith's latest published book is Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in "Good Enough" Times (University of Michigan Press, 2015). Open access version was available November 2015; print version 2016.From Manifesto for the Humanities: "Anxieties about the vitality of the humanities within higher education run high. So, too, do anxieties about the evolving conditions of our work as academic humanists. For some, talk of change, with its rhetoric of urgency, becomes a trigger for holding fast to certain understandings of the life of the academic humanist. For others, it is a conundrum and a headache. I see it as an occasion to think purposefully about how to meet future challenges and how to calibrate the potential upsides of transformation."
She has a forthcoming book with Julia Watson entitled Life Writing in the Long Run: A Smith and Watson Autobiography Studies Reader (forthcoming University of Michigan, Maize Publishing, 2017).
This book gathers twenty-one essays by Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson written in collaboration or solo and published over the last quarter-century. It includes the introductions to their five edited collections; essays focused on such autobiographical genres as autoethnography, Bildungsroman, diary, digital life writing, genealogy, graphic memoir, human rights witnessing, manifesto; and essays engaging the key concepts of authenticity, performativity, postcoloniality, relationality, and visuality. This collection captures decades of exciting developments in the field, making it indispensable reading for courses on modes and media of self-presentation in cultural, gender, and literary studies and feminist theory.
You can order this book through Amazon or in your local bookstore. For more information or to read it for free online (forthcoming late January 2017), visit http://www.maizebooks.org