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But Enough about Me: Why We Read Other People's Lives

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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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 21st 2002 by Columbia University Press (first published August 14th 2002)
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Zenmoon
Miller's central thesis is that: 'We read the lives of others to figure out how to make sense of our own'. I would have liked a clearer explication of this, something more fleshed out, along the lines of How Our Lives Become Stories: Making Selves by Paul John Eakin. However, Miller's approach is an interlinking of personal memory with a contemplation of life writing as a mode of the recording of self (in spite of, she insists, its inherent unknowability)- it's more personal, less scholarly. The ...more
Gord Higginson
Apr 19, 2011 Gord Higginson rated it really liked it
"I devour memoirs the way other people race through mystery novels" Miller says (p.25) in this book. I devour autobiographies & biographies of writers as well. That's why this book is fascinating, for it is not only a memoir of writer and American scholar of French literature Nancy Miller, but a study of why we read about other people's lives. Striking and witty recollections of her life first as a very short-term English lit student in England in 1959, then as a French novel student in ...more
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Nancy K. Miller is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, most recently What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past, winner of the Jewish Journal Prize for 2012, and the story of a quest to recreate her family’s lost history. A well-known feminist scholar, Miller has published family memoirs, personal essays, and literary criticism. She is a Distinguished Professor of English and ...more
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