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Writing Feminist Lives

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


Part of the Breaking Feminist Waves book series (BFW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Malin Lidström Brock
    Pages 1-15
  3. Malin Lidström Brock
    Pages 17-49
  4. Malin Lidström Brock
    Pages 51-105
  5. Malin Lidström Brock
    Pages 107-150
  6. Malin Lidström Brock
    Pages 203-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-239

About this book


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. 


feminist writing biography second wave feminism feminist politics history of life writing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Luleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden

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. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Writing Feminist Lives
  • Book Subtitle The Biographical Battles over Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir
  • Authors Malin Lidström Brock
  • Series Title Breaking Feminist Waves
  • Series Abbreviated Title Breaking Feminist Waves
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-47177-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83670-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-47178-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 239
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Twentieth-Century Literature
    Gender Studies
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