"Brown (U. of Alberta) collects 22 essays by contributors who dare to be optimistic about women in the academy and to hope for the possibility of new 'waves' of feminism. Some describe the challenges and emotional costs of being feminists in the university, while others suggest that feminists are holding strong in faculties, research groups, journals, courtrooms, and boardrooms. Some specific topics explored include academic mothering, adventures of a female associate dean, Western feminism and the multicultural university, reviving Wollstonecraft for future feminists, and the United Alumnae Association and women's co-education at Toronto." Reference and Research Book News
"The anthology features papers based on presentations at a 2006 conference at the University of Alberta in honour of Patricia Clements, U of As first female dean of arts. The resulting chapters span a wide range of topics in three broad categories: women in Canadian academe, the wave theory of feminism, and feminist activism in the broader community. Accordingly, the book is divided into sections, each focusing on one of these areas.... Most Canadian liberal arts scholars will find several chapters here that resonate with them, several that edify them, and a couple that challenge them to do better. This volume should be in the office of every faculty association, senior administrator and equity officer across the country." Shannon Dea, CAUT Bulletin, February 2012 [Full article at http://www.cautbulletin.ca/en_article.asp?articleid=3413]
"[Not Drowning But Waving] examines such topics as the relationship of the liberal arts to the larger university, the costs and rewards for women in administration, the corporatization of university campuses, balancing personal life with professional aspirations, and the intergenerational and transcultural tensions within feminist communities." Geoff McMaster, Folio, May 11, 2012
This anthology is worth reading for all women who feel isolated by academias failure to address their personal needs and who feel a sense of failure at not living up to unrealistic workloads and the pressure to advance their careers at any cost.... Not Drowning But Waving: Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts does much to address the formal silence around challenges facing women academics.... [and] has much to offer for anyone open to examining and articulating womens experiences within academia." Jennifer Burwell, Reviews in Cultural Theory, July 2012 [Full article athttp://bit.ly/RS9vgv]
"A revealing and rewarding collection of writing about women, feminism and the liberal arts.... The 22 essays include personal stories of life in the academy's trenches, statistical, systemic and historical analyses of women in academe, and narratives of activism in and beyond academia.... [T]his collection should be read by everyone concerned with women and universities." Amanda LeRougetel, Herizons, Fall 2012
"However difficult the swim sometimes seems, feminists in the liberal arts arent drowning, as long as Canadian institutions continue to employ a range of thoughtful voices such as these, who remind us of the temperature of the water and the hazards therein." Kathryn Barnwell and Marni Stanley, Canadian Literature, May 2013 [Full review at http://bit.ly/11fVgJr]
Not Drowning But Waving...gestures both at the difficulties faced by feminists in the humanities in Canada and at the possibilities of hope, of new waves of feminism. from the Introduction Twenty-two essays explore topics such as feminism in the liberal arts disciplines; the relationship of the liberal arts to the larger university; the costs and rewards for women in administration; the corporatization of university campuses; intergenerational and transcultural tensions within feminist communities; balancing personal life with professional aspirations; the relationship of feminism to cultural studies; women, social justice, and the liberal arts. Not Drowning But Waving is a welcome progress report on the variety of feminisms at work in academe and beyond. It provides crucial insights for university administrators, faculty, and literate non-specialists interested in the Arts and Humanities. Susan Brown is a visiting Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Jeanne Perreault is Professor and Associate Head (Graduate Program), Department of English at the University of Calgary. Jo-ann Wallace is Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Heather Zwicker is Associate Profesor of English and Vice-Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta. Essays by: Katherine Binhammer; Christine Bold; Susan Brown; Patricia Clements; Amber Dean; Cecily Devereux; L.M. Findlay; Louise H. Forsyth; Lise Gotell; Elizabeth Groeneveld; Isobel Grundy; Tessa Elizabeth Jordan; Heather Murray; Phil Okeke-Ihejirika; Christine Overall; Donna Palmateer Pennee; Jeanne Perreault; Julie Rak; Ann B. Shteir; Aruna Srivastava; Marjorie Stone; Aritha van Herk; Jo-Ann Wallace; Ann Wilson; Erin Wunker; Heather Zwicker.