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But enough about me : why we read other people's lives
Miller, Nancy K., 1941-
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Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [2002]

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xviii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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1250 Lexile.
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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 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.

Author Notes

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 But Enough About Me, What Do You Think of My Memoir?
2 Decades
3 Circa 1959
4 The Marks of Time
5 "Why Am I Not that Woman?"
Epilogue: My Grandfather's Cigarette Case, or What I Learned in Memphis