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Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Max Saunders

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book explores how writers from the 1870s to the 1930s experimented with forms of life‐writing — biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, journal — increasingly for the purposes of fiction. It ... More


Introduction

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The introduction starts from comments by Wilde and Nietzsche arguing that criticism and philosophy — and by extension all writing — can be read as autobiographical; and argues that such a move ... More


Conclusion

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This conclusion argues that auto/biography is shadowed by the alter ego of scepticism, whether directed at the reality or intelligibility of selves; their representability; or the adequacy of the ... More


Im/personality: The Imaginary Portraits of Walter Pater

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter begins with Walter Pater as a key figure, representing a gateway from impressionism to modernism and beyond. It discusses the implications of Pater's impressionist aesthetics for ... More


Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Peter France and William St Clair (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263181
eISBN:
9780191734595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Why biography? This collection of chapters on the problems and functions of biography, and particularly the biography of writers, thinkers, and artists, investigates a subject of enduring importance ... More


After‐Lives: Postmodern Experiments in Meta‐Auto/biografiction: Sartre, Nabokov, Lessing, Byatt

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This shorter chapter is a coda considering the afterlife of modernism's engagements with life‐writings covered in Part II. It begins by sketching how the ideas traced in this study of imaginary ... More


Pierre Michon's Lives of the Saints

Ann Jefferson

in Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The turn to life-writing in France after the two decades of literary theory and the nouveau roman did not represent a rejection of concerns with the issue of literariness. Michon's biographical ... More


Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Ann Jefferson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book explores the relations between literature and biography in France by tracing their history since the emergence of the two terms during the 18th century. This is when term ‘biographie’ first ... More


It-Narrative and the Book as Agent

Leah Price

in How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691114170
eISBN:
9781400842186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691114170.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that the most productive overlap between recent book-historical scholarship and the longer tradition of bibliographically themed life writing lies not in their common interest in ... More


Freud and the Art of Biography

Malcolm Bowie

in Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263181
eISBN:
9780191734595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses Freud and the art of biography. It discusses Freud's psychoanalysis, which took an important role in the structuring of biographies, and the role of writing of lives in ... More


Introduction

France Peter

in Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263181
eISBN:
9780191734595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263181.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Jean Sartre's fictional hero Roquentin believes that one cannot seriously take the task of writing one's life. For him, biography is an impossibility, a work of ‘pure imagination’ subjected to the ... More


Virginia Woolf and ‘The Proper Writing of Lives’

JULIA BRIGGS

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Virginia Stephen confided that she would like to write a very subtle work on the proper writing of lives. Many years later, she would fulfil her ambition, writing subtle essays. That the young ... More


What She Thinks About Sometimes, Some Days, About Some Things

Ann Burack-Weiss

in The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman's Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231151849
eISBN:
9780231525336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151849.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Gerontology and Ageing

This chapter identifies and describes the many forms of life writing discussed in this book, including Memoir, Autobiography, Personal Essay, and Auto Fiction.


Vice Queen of Ireland: Elizabeth Cary of Drury Lane, c.1585–1639

David Wallace

in Strong Women: Life, Text, and Territory 1347–1645

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199541713
eISBN:
9780191730924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541713.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Elizabeth Tanfield grew up Protestant in Burford Priory in a building that once housed Augustinian monks; she married Sir Henry Cary in 1602. Having written her Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of ... More


Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century 'Hidden' Lives

Juliette Atkinson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199572137
eISBN:
9780191722967
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572137.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In 1939, Virginia Woolf called for a more inclusive form of biography, which would include ‘the failures as well as the successes, the humble as well as the illustrious’. She did so in part as a ... More


Introduction: Imperiled Privacy

Katherine Adams

in Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women's Life Writing, 1840-1890

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195336801
eISBN:
9780199868360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336801.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This introductory chapter begins with a reading of “The Right to Privacy,” an 1890 legal essay by Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis in response ... More


Biographilia

Cora Kaplan

in Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748611478
eISBN:
9780748651627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter studies the currently rising profile of Victorian literary biography. It takes a look at how life writing removed the writer's privilege to be an important witness to the significance ... More


Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women's Life Writing, 1840-1890

Katherine Adams

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195336801
eISBN:
9780199868360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336801.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book argues that from its beginning the U.S. discourse on privacy has been couched in terms of violation and dispossession, so that even as ... More


Raj’s Jīban-carit and the Autobiographical Genre

Jeanne Openshaw

in Writing the Self: The Life and Philosophy of a Bengali Baul Guru

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198062479
eISBN:
9780199080489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062479.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter returns briefly to Raj's autobiography in order to situate it in the context of the manuscript of which it forms a part, as well as in the context of ‘life-writing’ in India and ... More


Introduction

Christine E. Hallett

in Nurse Writers of the Great War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992521
eISBN:
9781526104342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992521.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

First World War memoirs were a powerful and influential genre of life writings, but most were written by combatants. This book contributes to the, as yet, limited literature on the writings of ... More


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