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My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism

My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism
 

My Brilliant Friends is an innovative group biography of three friendships forged in second-wave feminism. Poignant and politically charged, the book is a captivating personal account of the complexities of women's bonds.

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ISBN 9780231190541
Barcode 9780231190541
Published 15 December 2018 by Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Miller, Nancy K.
Series Gender and Culture Series
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ISBN-13 9780231190541
ISBN-10 0231190549
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 December 2018
International Publication Date 1 January 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Miller, Nancy K.
Series Gender and Culture Series
Category Biography & Autobiography
Feminism
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Feminism - United States, Female friendship - United States, Miller, Nancy K.
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 305.420973
Catalogue Code 959060

Description of this Book

My Brilliant Friends is an innovative group biography of three friendships forged in second-wave feminism. Poignant and politically charged, the book is a captivating personal account of the complexities of women's bonds. Nancy K. Miller describes her friendships with three well-known scholars and literary critics: Carolyn Heilbrun, Diane Middlebrook, and Naomi Schor. Their relationships were simultaneously intimate and professional, emotional and intellectual, animated by the political ferment of the women's movement. Friendships like these sustained the generation of women whose entrance into male-dominated professions is still reshaping American society. The stories of their intertwined lives and books reveal how feminism illuminated the political importance of personal experience. Reflecting on aging and loss, ambition and rivalry, competition and collaboration, the three narratives combine to show us why and how friendship matters in the worlds of both work and love. Inspired in part by the portraits of two women's passionately enmeshed lives in Elena Ferrante's acclaimed Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friends presents a revisionary perspective on the history and future of friendships between women.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A new book by Nancy K. Miller is always a treat. This compulsively readable triptych of her friendships with Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor, and Diane Middlebrook will touch, delight, and enlighten anyone who has grown up under the influence of feminism. -- Susan Gubar

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Author's Bio

Nancy K. Miller teaches life writing and cultural criticism at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Getting Personal: Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiographical Acts (1991) and But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives (Columbia, 2002), as well as the memoir Breathless: An American Girl in Paris (2013).

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