The Professor and Other Writings by Terry Castle

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“[Terry Castle is] the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today.” —Susan Sontag

From one of America’s most brilliant critics and cultural commentators, Terry Castle, comes The Professor and Other Writings: a collection of startling, gorgeously-written autobiographical essays and a new, long-form piece about the devastation and beauty of early love. James Wolcott, contributing writer to Vanity Fair, calls Terry Castle a “Jedi knight of literary exploration and lesbian scholarship,” and The Professor and Other Writings “a greatest-hits package of show-stopping monologues and offhand-genius riffs.” The Professor and Other Writings is a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of gender, identity, and sexuality in the grand tradition of such feminist luminaries as Susan Sontag, Camille Paglia, and Joan Didion.

 

About Terry Castle

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Terry Castle was once described by Susan Sontag as "the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today." She is the author of seven books of criticism, including The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (1993) and Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women and Sex (2002). Her anthology, The Literature of Lesbianism, won the Lambda Literary Editor's Choice Award in 2003. She lives in San Francisco and is Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.
 
Published January 15, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Writing a memoir is the best revenge, and indeed, as Terry Castle ruefully acknowledges in "The Professor", "writing .

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Terry Castle, her book jacket informs us, is not only Walter A Haas professor in the humanities at Stanford University but also a miniature dachshund enthusiast.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In "My Heroin Christmas," Castle threads together a vigorous tribute to saxophonist Pepper's 1979 autobiography, "Straight Life," with a decidedly more diffident view of her mother's second husband and Castle's variously troubled stepsiblings.

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New York Magazine

(“I am breaking every law of God and Man,” she thinks.) She decides, after a waiter calls her “sir,” that she is destined to “suffer the lonely death of the sexual pervert.” (In a recent interview with The Nation, Castle described her persona in these essays as “self-burlesque … a conscious casti...

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Lambda Literary

“Just about every book, every picture, every object in my living room, for example,” Castle writes, “has been placed there strategically in hope of capturing her attention, of pleasing her mind and heart, of winning her love, esteem, intellectual respect, etc., etc.” In its way, her relationship...

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Carlin Romano

The evening Castle and The Professor meet, this insecure, lonely graduate student experiences for the first time what it might mean to be an object of desire herself.

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Carlin Romano

Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, New York, NY.

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