Rumors from the Cauldron
Selected Essays, Reviews, and Reportage
An indispensable collection of essays reflecting on the historical and cultural relevance of feminist movements across the globe
In these remarkably far-reaching writings, author and journalist Valerie Miner delivers a complex and engaging volume of essential reading. This book touches on topics ranging from suburban housewives to lesbian identity to feminist thought. Miner provides an important perspective on the interrelated concepts of authorship, gender identity, and social criticism. Included are examinations of the works of Grace Paley, Margaret Atwood, and May Sarton, meditations on writing, and reflections on the cultural legacy of feminism.
Miner’s insights are both perspicacious and thought provoking. Written with profound passion and knowledge, these tracts are of tremendous value to all readers engaged with the politics of equality.
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“It is a brilliant volume, one that challenges the notion that ‘trendy’ equals ‘excellent,’ that affirms there is a connection between lesbianism and feminism, but that the connection is by no means simple and identical. Above all, she shows a mind that is subtle and far reaching.” —Lambda Book Report
“[Miner] coveys a more active and hopeful understanding, and practice, of ‘collectivity’ in the women’s movement than anyone I know today. . . . The strengths of Rumors from the Cauldron lie in its contributions to the conversations we have informally and in print about feminism—where we have come from, who we have been, where we are going, and who’s the we?” —Women’s Review of Books
“The reader can’t help being charmed by Miner’s warmth and intelligence.” —Sojourner
About the author
Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including novels, short fiction collections, and nonfiction. Miner's work has appeared in the Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Salmagundi, New Letters, Ploughshares, the Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, the Gettysburg Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Women's Review of Books, the Nation, and other journals. Her stories and essays have been published in more than sixty anthologies.