Michelle Dean on feminism and female intellectuals.

What a Group of 20th-Century American Female Writers Can Tell Us About Feminism Today

What a Group of 20th-Century American Female Writers Can Tell Us About Feminism Today

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
May 4 2018 10:00 AM

I Have to Ask: The Michelle Dean Edition

What a group of 20th-century American female writers tells us about feminism today.

Author Michelle Dean
Author of Sharp, Michelle Dean.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Grove Atlantic.

Michelle Dean is the author of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss how a group of 20th-century intellectuals—including Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Hannah Arendt, and Nora Ephron—changed the way we think about women in public life, and what they can tell us about today’s debates over feminism.

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Correction, May 4, 2018: Due to a production error, this post originally included a photo of a different Michelle Dean.