The University of Winnipeg



Taking Flight: Book Launch


A dynamic and eclectic collection of life writing, The Madwoman in the Academy offers an original and highly subversive critique of the academy’s relationship to its female members. In this powerful and engaging volume, the authors touch on topics well-known to women working in academia around the world: the clash between family and work, the politics of academe, and the contradiction between an academic career and political activism.

The Madwoman in the Academy consists of writings by women affiliated with universities and colleges across Canada in a wide range of genres—personal essays, poetry, short stories, dialogues, and other innovative formats—which dare to confront their experiences with energy, insight, wit, humour, and compassion. Contributors range from graduate students to retired professors, and from first-time authors to well-known literary names, such as Kristjana Gunnars and Aritha van Herk.

The first book of its kind to focus primarily on Canadian women, The Madwoman in the Academy is sure to take readers on a ride that will forever change their ideas about the relationship between women and the academy.

About the Editors

Deborah Keahey is the author of Making it Home: Place in Canadian Literature and waking blood: poems. She currently teaches online English courses for The University of Winnipeg from her home in Prince George, BC.

Deborah Schnitzer, English literature professor at The University of Winnipeg, is the author of The Pictorial in Modernist Fiction and a book of poetry, Black Beyond Blue, as well as the co-editor of Uncommon Wealth: An Anthology of Poetry in English.