Selected Articles

Academic Articles

These articles reflect my recent thoughts about memoir and fiction, feminism and teaching.

Mentoring the Mentor
(Avidly) Los Angeles Review of Books, January 7, 2020

When Your Friend is Also a Mentor: The Mentrix Identity
Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Fall 2019, Vol. 38, No. 2

Goodbye to All That
College Literature, Volume 46, Number 1, Winter 2019 (available here)

A Backward Glance (pdf)
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies,
Spring 2017

Elegiac Friendship: Notes on Loss (pdf)
Feminist Studies.
Special Issue: Women’s Friendships, 2016

The Trauma of Diagnosis: Picturing Cancer in Graphic Memoir (pdf)
, Spring 2014

Remembering Anne Sexton: Maxine Kumin in Conversation with Diane Middlebrook (pdf)
, 2012

A Feminist Friendship Archive (pdf)
, 2011

Getting Transpersonal: The Cost of an Academic Life
Prose Studies
, 2009 (available here)

Starting Out in the Fifties: Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and the Making of a Literary Career
Contemporary Women’s Writing
, 2009 (available here)

On Being Wrong (pdf)
, 2008

Family Hair Looms (pdf)
, 2008

A Memoir of Feminism: An Interview with Nancy K. Miller
With Jeffrey Williams, Minnesota Review, 2007 (available here)

I Killed My Grandmother: Mary Antin, Amos Oz, and the Autobiography of a Name (pdf)
Biography, 2007

The Entangled Self: Genre Bondage in the Age of the Memoir (pdf)
PMLA, 2007

Out of the Family: Generations of Women in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
Life Writing, 2007 (available here)

Women’s Secrets and the Novel: Remembering Mary McCarthy’s The Group (pdf)
Social Research, 2001

But Enough About Me, What Do You Think Of My Memoir? (pdf)
Yale Journal of Criticism, 2000