Breaking Feminist Waves

Writing Feminist Lives

The Biographical Battles over Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir

Authors: Lidström Brock, Malin

  • Provides a scholarly analysis of seven biographies of famous 20th century feminists
  • Adds to the discussion about life writing's role in feminism, by raising questions about representation, experience and imagined community
  • Offers a new contribution to women's life writing through the selection of biographies
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This book draws attention to the controversy that surrounds Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir’s lives and the important role that their life stories have played in their feminist writing. Directly and indirectly, the four women have contributed to battles over feminism’s meaning through autobiographically informed political writing. Inevitably, therefore, their biographers are also participants in these battles, yet not always on the same side as their subjects. Writing Feminist Lives introduces a further fold of nuance into considerations of biography and feminism by showing that the biographers of the four women have made methodological choices that reflect their loyalty to, or their scepticism towards, competing ideological definitions of the exemplary feminist life. 

About the authors

Malin Lidström Brock is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She received her D.Phil. in English Literature from Oxford University, UK. Her primary research areas are contemporary American literature and culture, with a particular focus on life writing and gender. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lidström Brock, Malin

    Pages 1-15

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  • A Question of Authority

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    Pages 17-49

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  • Negotiating the Tradition—Feminist Realist Biography

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    Pages 51-105

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  • Breaking New Ground—Feminist Exemplary Biography

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    Pages 107-150

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  • Deconstructing the Life—Feminist Poststructuralist Biography

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    Pages 151-202

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eBook 74,96 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Feminist Lives
Book Subtitle
The Biographical Battles over Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir
Authors
Series Title
Breaking Feminist Waves
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47178-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47178-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47177-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 239
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