Every person has a narrative compass--one or more stories that have guided their lifework.
In A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women's Lives (UI Press/April 2009) , editor Betsy Hearne, former director of the Center for Children's Books and professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, has collected essays by female scholars from a variety of disciplines to identify and examine the stories that have motivated them and shaped their research.
Telling the "story of her story" leads each of the essayists in the book to insights about her own methods of textual analysis and to a deeper, often surprising, understanding of the connective power of imagination.
As children, the common retort to name-calling on the playground often was "it takes one to know one." Hearne believes that it takes a story to know one. Authentic, enduring engagement with...