Singing at the Top of Our Lungs: Women, Love, and Creativity
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"A loving, if not very creative, analysis of the conflicts that arise when women try to foster both relationships and personal fulfillment. Family therapists Bepko and Krestan (Too Good for Her Own Good, 1990) contend, not surprisingly, that women can have both. The authors researched the issue by surveying more than 300 women, and by following up with 45 intense personal interviews. [...] Besides exploring the priorities of relationships, the survey's questions also probed how women defined and shaped (or did not shape) their creative lives (Mary Catherine Bateson's Composing a Life, 1989, covers this territory more fully, with less gushing admiration for creative women). The early chapters here are best, examining the patriarchal culture that has made it rewarding for women to nurture relationships and not their individuality. On the basis of the survey, the authors group women into four types--lovers, leaders, innovators, and artists--depending on where their priorities lie. The authors seem to prefer women who dump their pasts in order to become poets, artists, or marginal entrepreneurs. The anecdotes about women like these who live a "passionate life" are compelling, and some of Bepko and Krestan's insights challenge conventional wisdom--e.g., that children are less disruptive of the creative life than marriage is. (Questionnaires, as well as profiles of the respondents, are included as appendices.) Excellent for its historical summary of the tensions that women face in choosing between the creative and the caring life, but unconvincing for its typecasting."
Mijn ervaringen met dit boek komen ongeveer overeen met die van de recensent. Ik vond de interviews het meest inspirerend, en heb met plezier zelf de vragen achterin, over liefde en creativiteit in je leven, beantwoord -- niet in het boek natuurlijk. De vier typen die de auteurs bedacht hebben (allemaal op die ene dimensie van "erg op liefde gericht" tot "erg op creativiteit gericht") vond ik niet zo geslaagd. Ik houd meer van multi-dimensionale typeringen, zoals in de Myers-Briggs test.
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This book will be released during a postgraduate course on art history in the beautiful cloisters of the Certosa di Pontignano, mainly attended by women. Thus, a book on women, love and creativity seems to fit the theme. I hope the finder will enjoy it. I look forward to reading if it was found, and what the finder thought about this book.
I'm going to leave it somewhere in my next travel!
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