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Jonathan Cape, 2003 - 279 pages
"In this remarkable book, Jane Miller writes about the experiences of being a daughter and a sister, of the intensities of family life and of the illuminations that come from the last days and death of parents. Relations offers a portrait of a record-keeping, middle-class kinship, reaching back into the past, which begins from her parents' long marriage, its mysteries and incompatibilities, their shared sense of themselves as artists - she as a painter, he as a pianist. It was a marriage marked by the dismay it met with from both their families. Writing about these things leads Miller to further explorations: her relations with her maternal grandfather, Redcliffe Salaman, scientist, historian, secular Jew, and his with his devoutly Jewish wife. Her father's family were Unitarian - Dissenters since the 17th century - and her great-grandfather, Collet Dobson Collet, was known for his role in the successful campaign to liberate the press from the 'taxes on knowledge' imposed by government and for his friendship with Karl Marx. Collet's daughter Clara was one of the first women civil servants, and an economist who was involved in the first stirrings of the Welfare State. Here are the t

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Miller's (education, emerita, London Univ.) previous works on the development of education for women (e.g., School for Women) and gender politics in writing (e.g., Women Writing About Men) in a sense ... Read full review


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Jane Miller is Professor Emeritus, London University Institute of Education. She is the author of Women Writing about Men, Seductions: Studies in Reading and Culture, and School for Women.

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