By Nancy K. Miller
In her most modern paintings of non-public feedback, Nancy okay. Miller tells the tale of the way a woman who grew up within the Nineteen Fifties and bought misplaced within the Nineteen Sixties turned a feminist critic within the Seventies. As in her past books, Miller interweaves items of her autobiography with the memoirs of contemporaries as a way to discover the unforeseen ways in which the tales of different people's lives supply intending to our personal. The evolution she chronicles was once lived by way of a new release of literary ladies who got here of age in the course of profound social swap and, buoyed by means of the strength of second-wave feminism, grew to become writers, lecturers, and activists. Miller's reminiscences shape one woman's installment in a collective memoir that continues to be unfolding, an intimate web page of a bunch portrait in method.
Read or Download But enough about me: why we read other people's lives PDF
Best culture books
The unknown Japan. the conventional Japan. the genuine Japan. In this erudite but wonderful paintings, Professor Solomon explores a Japan of which few folks are conscious. For a travel of a different culture--a interesting examine its assorted methods and wonders--join him.
Whenever heritage repeats itself, the associated fee is going up. the 20th century—a time of extraordinary progress—has produced an immense pressure at the very parts that contain existence itself: This increases the major query of the twenty-first century: How for much longer can this move on? With wit and erudition, Ronald Wright lays out a-convincing case that historical past has continually supplied a solution, even if we care to note or no longer.
Throughout the lens of the typical, this ebook explores ‘the countryside’ as an inhabited and practised realm with lived rhythms and workouts. It relocates the topography of lifestyle from its habitually city concentration, out into the English nation-state. the agricultural is frequently portrayed as latest outdoors of modernity, or as its passive sufferer.
Within the wide-ranging and cutting edge essays of Cultures in movement, a dozen distinctive historians provide new conceptual vocabularies for realizing how cultures have trespassed throughout geography and social area. From the ameliorations of the meanings and practices of charity in the course of past due antiquity and the transit of scientific wisdom among early smooth China and Europe, to the fusion of Irish and African dance types in early nineteenth-century long island, those essays stick to a wide range of cultural practices during the lens of movement, translation, itinerancy, and alternate, extending the insights of transnational and translocal background.
- The Best Business Writing 2013
- Scottish National Dress and Tartan (Shire Library, Volume 724)
- On Post-Colonial Futures: Transformations of a Colonial Culture (Writing Past Colonialism Series)
Extra info for But enough about me: why we read other people's lives
Lilienfeld believed there should be no fake feminine modesty about sexuality or body parts. Was that all we needed to know? I doubt that many of us at fifteen wanted to know much more. A classmate remembers that Mrs. Lilienfeld authorized us in certain circumstances not to wear underpants in the summer. She also instructed us never to sit with crossed legs because we would get varicose veins; she certainly turned out right about that in my case, though naturally I scoffed at the warning. “Miriam Burstein, beautiful as her name” ().
But maybe the problem was finally not about Hunter but about me. Di Prima is getting me down. I want to pose some resistance to the persona her persona brings out in me. I want to find a place to retrieve a countermemory of accomplishment. “At home,” di Prima writes, “it would be ‘Who do you think you are—Sarah Bernhardt’? whenever I ‘got dramatic’ as my parents put it—took myself seriously in any way” (). The histrionic was frowned upon. My parents would have nodded knowingly at the evaluation of my emotional style by an English teacher at Hunter:“Excellent work.
Or should we take it more seriously? Here’s my idea. One of the meanings of the word “memoir” is memorandum. And this meaning surfaces in another French expression that has passed into English: the aide-mémoire. Something that helps memory. I want to propose the notion of memoir what do you think of my memoir? What helps you remember. In this sense what memoirs do is support you in the act of remembering. 11 We are witnessing a very powerful anxiety about memory, about remembering, very particular to our time: about gathering the testimony of the last living survivors of the Holocaust.