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The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women
edited by Sara Alpern, Joyce Antler, Elisabeth Israels Perry and Ingrid Winther Scobie
University of Illinois Press, 1992
Cloth: 978-0-252-01926-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-06292-6
Library of Congress Classification HQ1186.U6C43 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.40922


This path-breaking anthology illuminates the lives of ten influential twentieth-century American women and looks at the challenges experienced by the women who have written about them. Exploring the frequently complicated dialogue between writer and subject, the contributors discuss tools appropriate to writing women's biography while their riveting accounts reveal how feminist scholarship led them to approach the study of women's lives in unconventional ways.

"This wonderful collection demonstrates the significance of women's biography as a central part of feminist scholarship. The feminist biographer inserts a second life into a biography, her own, giving us yet another layer of depth and insight."--Ann J. Lane, author of To "Herland" and Beyond: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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