Human in the Humanities

Elaine Auyoung

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Abstract

I first met Elaine Freedgood seven years ago, when she sent an abstract to me after her friend and colleague, Toral Gajarawala, came across a call for papers I had posted for an MLA session on fictional worlds. Since then, I've been just one of many people who have received tremendous behind-the-scenes support from Elaine, and I want to take some time to reflect on this profound but largely invisible way in which she has contributed to the profession. At the same time that Elaine has forged lifelong friendships with her students, continuing to support them long after they have moved on to new institutions and new stages of life, she has also cultivated close relationships with countless PhD candidates, job-seekers, and junior faculty members who never had a chance to pass through her classroom. What makes these relationships so special is precisely their unofficial, noninstitutional nature - in much the same way that it can be so important and life-changing for teenagers to have a cool adult in their lives who is not one of their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-661
Number of pages5
JournalVictorian Literature and Culture
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

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