Autobiography of a Generation
"Passerini's book captures something that is, arguably, closer to lived history than anything we are accustomed to reading," writes Joan Wallach Scott in her foreword. It raises critical questions about how we reconstruct the past and vividly illustrates the forces that shaped a generation. As Passerini movingly shows, there was in those rebellions something that went further than rancor and taking sides: the idea of a new world and new human relationships. These hopes are given back to us through the Autobiography's contradictions and silences, in a recounting of events, emotions, and discoveries of the self and of others that constitute our recent history.
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"This book is about the void of power, decisions for violence, opposition, the excitement of feminism . . . The defining years are '68 and '77. Luisa Passerini and colleagues interview about 60 women and men, some in prison, some lost to political life, some awash in it. This is a remarkable book. It's about Italy but could be about us. We in the United States ought to have such a book. It would be an explanation."—Grace Paley
"An exemplary instance of how the personal is the political; the individual who used her dreams to change her life, a part of the collective in history which attempted to turn dreams to action in 1968. Passerini's interweaving of documentary evidence and personal reflection is simultaneously both rigorous and lyrical -qualities that come through in this translation. An important book for the history it recounts and its unique way of arriving at it."—Juliet Mitchell
"In this highly engaging book, Passerini translates her theoretical work in oral history into practice. The story of her life—from psychotherapy, unhappy relationships, and an abortion, to her involvement in left wing protests and feminist consciousness-raising groups—is presented in fragments that invite the reader to personalize her theoretical approach to autobiographical writing and to continue her discussion of the construction of women's representations of their public and private identities."—Graziella Parati, author of Public History, Private Stories: Italian Women's Autobiography
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