But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People's Livesby Nancy K. Miller
In her latest work of "personal criticism," Nancy 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. This evolution was shared by a generation of literary girls who, buoyed by second-wave feminism after the social movements of the 1960s, became writers, academics, and activists. As in previous books, Miller interweaves personal memory with a meditation about what the events of those decades meant for the women who constitute a critical generation in postwar American history as female counterparts to the Beats. Through the memoirs of contemporaries and pieces of her autobiography, Miller explores the unexpected ways that the stories of other people´s lives give meaning to our own.
But Enough About Me is a group biography, or even an ethnography, of women, primarily middle-class and urban, now in their fifties and sixties. The book also mounts a defense of the memoir against accusations of terminal narcissism by showing how the forms of life writing -memoirs, diaries, essays -are as much about others as they are about their authors.
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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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