The Fine Line Between Integrity and Graduation, and How it Got Crossed

 

 

THE (OPPRESSIVELY OBLIGATORY) TABLE OF CONTENTS

(WITHOUT WHICH THE WRITER HAS BEEN TOLD SHE

WOULD NOT GRADUATE)[1]*

 

 

Chapter                                                                               Page

       I                INTRODUCTION TO THE 
                         DISSERTATION……………………………………….. 1

                       
      II               COMPOUND FRACTURE…………………………….. 4

                       
     III              ARCHIVED DOCUMENTS……………………………. 5

     IV              INVENTORY……………………………………………… 8

                       
      V               THE HALF LIFE OF STONE………………………….. 11

                       
     VI              BEDTIME STORIES……………………………………… 16

     VII            DEAR BIOGRAPHER, PART II……………………….. 26

                        
    VIII            THE WRITING STORY OF “BEDTIME STORIES”… 90
                                        Conventions and Professional Contexts…. 90
                                        Personal Contexts and Ethical Questions. 103

     IX              NAVIGATING OUR SUBJECT POSITIONS:
                        THE PLACE OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN OUR 
                        CHANGING FIELD………………………………………… 112

      X               ADOPTION…………………………………………………… 126

                       
     XI              WHAT THE ADOPTION AGENCY COULD
                        HAVE TOLD ME…………………………………………….. 137

     XII              A LETTER TO VALENTINA WASSON………………… 170

    XIII             EMAIL…………………………………………………………. 178

    XIV             SELECTIONS: THIS IS NOT MY NARRATIVE……….. 201

     XV              HYMNS TO THE LARES……………………………………. 250

    XVI             REINVENTING THE FYC NARRATIVE ESSAY
                         ASSIGNMENT AS NARRATIVE INQUIRY:
                         MOVING BEYOND THE PURELY PERSONAL TO
                         HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL DENOTATION 
                        AND CONNOTATION…………………………………………270

   XVII            THE REINCARNATION OF JULIA……………………… 280

  XVIII           OVARY…………………………………………………………. 291

    XIX             HENRIETTA, THE BLESSED MOTHER AND MY 
                         FALL FROM GRACE…………………………………………. 300

     XX              FURTHER SELECTIONS: THIS IS NOT
                         MY NARRATIVE……………………………………………… 314

    XXI             WORKS CITED…………………………………………………. 338


[1] The reader should note that this Table of Contents is neither necessary nor appropriate to this dissertation in that its imposed page and chapter numbers imply and attempt to prescribe a specific and correct order in which the various and sundry sections of the document must be read, when no such prescription is intended; in fact the opposite is true. This Table of Contents is included under protest and should be ignored by any reader who is not employed by the Teachers College, Columbia University Office of Doctoral Studies. Upon reading this dissertation, one may even wonder how such a progressive institution as Columbia University could demand such a thing, when the addition of said Table of Contents clearly flies in the face of the goals of the dissertation itself, and as such is highly inappropriate. Yes, the writer agrees; one may well wonder. So much for the liberatory goals of higher education.

*Ironically, the writer was not allowed to include THIS Table of Contents in her dissertation, and was instead forced to include a proper and appropriate and NOT SNARKY Table of Contents in her dissertation, again in the interest of graduation. However, the writer did sneak a version of the footnote into the body of the work.

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