Female Friendship Stories: “Chloe liked Olivia” Redux

APR 05, 2019 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4406: English Student Lounge


April 05, 2019: 4:00 PM




In a Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf famously called for new fiction by women in which two female friends—she called them Chloe and Olivia—would care for each other and work together. What might be the shape of a story, she wondered, whose premise was simply Chloe liked Olivia”? In My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism, Nancy K. Miller takes up the challenge to tell that kind of story in a narrative that explores her relationships with the writers Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor, and Diane Middlebrook. Miller will discuss her new book in conversation with Kristi Fleetwood and Jojo Karlin. The panel will discuss representations of friendships between women in 20th and 21st century literature, letters, portraits and comics in the context of contemporary studies of women’s lives and cultural production. Moderated by Jacob Aplaca. Co-sponsored with Comparative Literature Program and the Women’s Studies Program.