Getting Personal (Paperback)

Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiographical Acts

By Nancy K. Miller, K. Miller Nancy

Routledge, 9780415903240, 164pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 1991

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Considers the ways in which identity and location shape academic argument and academic life. Getting Personal explores the new territory of feminist cultural studies. Organized around a number of academic scenes which analyze feminist critical performance, Miller focuses on occasions, from the the conference and seminar to the professional colloquium, to produce an autobiographical perspective on the mini-drama of institutional politics. As a feminist critic, Miller describes the dilemmas of a responsible pedagogic practice: the contradictory demands of authority and complicity for a feminist teacher of literature. Getting Personal examines the rhetorical strategies of a feminism traversed by internal debates over its own self-representations and suggests a way forward.

About the Author

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and Lehman College. She is the author of Changing the Subject (1988), The Heroine's Text (1982), and editor of The Poetics of Gender (1986), as well as the author of numerous critical essays on gender and sexuality, feminist theory, and on French literature of the 18th and 19th centuries.