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Inhabiting the wastelands: Teaching and the anguish of submersion

Annette Louise Murrell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


“Inhabiting the Wastelands: Teaching and the Anguish of Submersion” is a creative/critical dissertation comprised of three autobiographical essays, which explore how my evolution as a teacher has contributed to my personal development. ^ The first essay, “Living in a State of Dread,” recounts an existential crisis triggered by my insecurity within the academy, which coincided with my decision to grow dreadlocks. The second essay “Rhapsody on Diversity (In Five Movements)” is a reflection on my role as a Black teacher in a predominately white university. Finally, “Autobiography as a War Machine (or Wild Titties I Have Known)” explores how my complex relationships with students challenges me to form a more complex and nurturing relationship with myself. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Modern|Literature, American

Recommended Citation

Murrell, Annette Louise, "Inhabiting the wastelands: Teaching and the anguish of submersion" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9967396.