But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives [NOOK Book]

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In her latest work of personal criticism, Nancy K. Miller tells the story of how a girl who grew up in the 1950s and got lost in the 1960s became a feminist critic in the 1970s. As in her previous books, Miller interweaves pieces of her autobiography with the memoirs of contemporaries in order to explore the unexpected ways that the stories of other people's lives give meaning to our own. The evolution she chronicles was lived by a generation of literary girls who came of age in the midst of profound social ...
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Overview

In her latest work of personal criticism, Nancy K. Miller tells the story of how a girl who grew up in the 1950s and got lost in the 1960s became a feminist critic in the 1970s. As in her previous books, Miller interweaves pieces of her autobiography with the memoirs of contemporaries in order to explore the unexpected ways that the stories of other people's lives give meaning to our own. The evolution she chronicles was lived by a generation of literary girls who came of age in the midst of profound social change and, buoyed by the energy of second-wave feminism, became writers, academics, and activists. Miller's recollections form one woman's installment in a collective memoir that is still unfolding, an intimate page of a group portrait in process.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One of the founders of the "personal criticism" movement whereby a critic finds, Montaigne-style, larger truths in meditating on one's experiences, Miller here offers a witty defense of the genre. Lingering over her development as WWII-era New York child, early '60s grad student in a largely male academy, '70s and '80s feminist-critic-in-the-trenches, and '90s author of such books as Getting Personal and Subject to Change, Miller offers reflections on aging (in and out of the academy), friendship and familyDand how reading about them allows us to better construct our own life stories. (Sept.)
Women's Review of Books - Cora Kaplan

Miller's book seems more than its sum, larger than its slim weight in the hand... fascinating... poignant... looms large.

Women's Review of Books
Miller's book seems more than its sum, larger than its slim weight in the hand... fascinating... poignant... looms large.

— Cora Kaplan

Radcliffe Quarterly

Nancy K. Miller's new book is an elegant and witty meditation of self-knowledge, particularly for women. It should be read by all of us who are struggling, in these strange, loudly postfeminist times, to make sense of our stories as they have been interpolated by post-World War II America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231516341
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Gender and Culture Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy K. Miller is distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Bequest and Betrayal, Getting Personal, and other books.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 But Enough About Me, What Do You Think Of My Memoir? 1
2 Decades 27
3 Circa 1959 47
4 The Marks of Time 73
5 "Why Am I Not That Woman?" 111
Epilogue: My Grandfather's Cigarette Case, or What I Learned in Memphis 127
Notes 139
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