In her own words: women's memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States

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Vintage Books, Mar 9, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 609 pages
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Jill Ker Conway, author of one of the most celebrated memoirs of recent decades, is also the premier anthologist of women's autobiographical writing. In Her Own Words is Conway's distillation of women's experience from the British Commonwealth world she came from, compared with major themes in women's lives in the United Slates, which is now her home.

In this dazzling collection, we meet twelve remarkable women -- from Shirley Chisholm, the West Indian-raised girl who became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, to Janet Frame, the brilliant New Zealand writer who overcame involuntary treatment in a mental institution to write one of the archetypal analyses of the post-colonial experience. We learn how the world of politics and the private self intersect in the four offshoots of the old British world, and see how these women have made a difference -- by their honesty, by the scale of their struggle for self-knowledge and autonomy, and by the power of their writing.

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Kept this at my bedside to read and reread. N First-person writings by women of all classes and races. Not political or polemic, but personal, about their lives. One of the great memoir/essay anthologies. Read full review

Review: In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States

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Most of it was really interesting and kept my attention. Read full review

Contents

Patricia Jean AdamSmith 1924
3
Dorothy Hewett 1923
39
Sally Morgan 1951
89
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About the author (1999)

Sue J.M. Freeman is a Psychologist and Professor of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Susan C. Bourque is Esther Booth Wiley Professor of Government at Smith College. Christine M. Shelton is Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies and co-director of the Project on Women and Social Change at Smith College. Jill Ker Conway is President Emerita of Smith College and a visiting scholar in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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