Faculty Book: Nancy K. Miller

Nancy K. Miller
My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism
(Coluumbia University Press, 2019)

image of the book: My brilliant friendsMy Brilliant Friends is a group biography of three women’s 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 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 embody feminism’s belief in the political importance of personal experience. Reflecting on aging and loss, ambition and rivalry, competition and collaboration, Miller shows why and how friendship’s ties matter in the worlds of work and love. Inspired in part by the portraits of the intensely enmeshed lives in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friends provides a passionate and timely vision of friendship between women.

Miller is a distinguished professor of French, English, comparative literature and MA women's gender studies at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JAN 29, 2019

Category: Comparative Literature | English | Faculty Books | French | Women's and Gender Studies