Telling Our Lives explores how three working-class women-from Jewish, African-American, and Irish-American backgrounds-connect across their differences through storytelling and conversation. Three distinct voices intertwine in this book as the authors, now college professors, discuss family legacies of diaspora and dislocation, analyzing how these have shaped their personal and professional lives. Social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and spirituality intersect and diverge in these pages, as the authors reflect on how they have been enriched and transformed by the relationships forged in the process of storytelling.
Frida Kerner Furman is professor of religious studies at DePaul University. Elizabeth A. Kelly is associate professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at DePaul University. Linda Williamson Nelson is associate professor of anthropology and writing at Richard Stockton College.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Daughters of Diaspora: Negotiating Family and Cultural Heritage Chapter 4 A Friend of My Mind: Co-Construction and Cooperation in Extended Conversations Chapter 5 The House that Words Built: Education and Dissidence Chapter 6 For Every Border, a Bridge: Identity, Hybridity, and Moral Selves Chapter 7 Work As Prayer: The Spiritual Dynamics of Professional Lives Within and Against the Academy Chapter 8 Interwoven Lives, Cosmopolitan Visions Chapter 9 Bibliography Chapter 10 Index