I had difficulty understanding and finding a connection between For Etruscans: Sexual Difference and Artistic Production- The Debate over a female Aesthetic and Getting Personal: Autobiography as Cultural Criticism there is one common idea I stumbled upon…
“Writers know their text as a form of intimacy, of personal contact, whether conversations with the reader or with the self. Letters, journals, voices are sources for this element.”
This statement by Hester Eisenstein and Alicie Jardin from For Etruscans: Sexual Difference and Artistic Production- The Debate over a female Aesthetic summarizes what I found to be a common threat between Getting Personal: Autobiography as Cultural Criticism by Nancy K. Miller.
The connection between a writer and a reader is hard to produce but seems to be especially hard for the female writer. In For the Etruscans Sara Lenox presents the idea that woman and writer have “to find a language for intuition, feelings, instincts which are, in themselves, elusive, subtle and wordless.”
Both writing also mention journal writing as an important source of material and connection between writer and reader. Nancy Miller says, “feminist teaching tends to produce a great deal of personal testimony”, and “Feminist theory has always built out from the personal: the witness “I” of subjective experience. The notion of the “authority of experience”