This examination of feminist collaboration reconceptualizes ideas about creativity, cooperation, and competition in higher education.
Placed within the context of the academic environment, this multi-focused book identifies students as active contributors and learners; faculty as researchers, teachers, and learners; and administrators as a synthesis of all three modes of collaboration. While focusing on the mutuality of educational enterprises, Common Ground raises provocative questions about the dynamics of gender and cooperation at various levels of academia. It reveals the transformative power of collaboration by challenging traditional notions of single authorship and beliefs about knowledge as individually owned and acquired. By offering different perspectives on feminism and collaboration, this book establishes the basis for re-thinking Romantic notions about creativity, re-conceptualizing conventional ideas regarding competition, and re-reading traditional hierarchies and authoritarian relationships.
Elizabeth G. Peck is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. JoAnna Stephens Mink is Associate Professor of English at Mankato State University. She is the coeditor of Communication and Women's Friendships: Parallels and Intersections in Literature and Life; The Significance of Sibling Relationships in Literature; and Joinings and Disjoinings: The Significance of Marital Status in Literature.
"This is an extremely important topic because it deals with a way of teaching and writing and learning, i.e., collaboration, that may prove to transform the academy; this could be one of the first handbooks for revolution without in any way sounding extreme. In its range of collaborative relationships, it speaks to the different roles that professors play as teacher, scholar, and participant in college projects and activities. It suggests that collaboration is a way of integrating these roles and cross-fertilizing ideas. This book may inspire innovation in the classroom." — Meta Plotnik, Nassau Community College
"For those intrigued by the possibilities of collaborative teaching or scholarship, this book will provide a wealth of models and approaches as inspiration." — H-Net Reviews (H-USA)