Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws

To the Boathouse: A Memoir
(University of Alabama Press, 2004; 224 pp.) 

To the Boathouse: A Memoir begins with the author describing the branches that obscured her favorite childhood hiding place; she takes these southern vines as a metaphor not just for her roots, but for the life of her mind: chaotic on the surface, yet strong and vibrant at heart. Mary Ann Caws's narrative flows through her early adulthood, her marriage, her early career as a faculty wife and part-time teacher, her research, and first books. The vine metaphor continues to color descriptions of her professional life, as she acknowledges the two sides of her conference presentations: the confident scholar at the podium, and the person frantically searching for the proper meeting room or the correct slides just before her talk. Caws is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: OCT 31, 2004

Category: Comparative Literature | English | Faculty Books | French