Mapping lives : the uses of biography

edited by Peter France, William St. Clair

Why biography? This collection of essays on the problems and functions of biography, and particularly the biography of writers, thinkers and artists, investigates a subject of enduring importance for those interested in culture and society. In the last century, it has been a controversial subject, as old models of biographical writing were attacked and superseded, while critics and theorists questioned the once self-evident value of the biography of writers. Yet the genre continues to attract notable authors and is unfailingly popular with readers. The present volume, while containing essays by practising biographers, is intended primarily as a stimulus to critical thinking. It focuses on the diverse functions assumed by life-writing in different European countries at different periods, challenging both the notion of a genre with constant characteristics and aims and the view of modern biography as the happy culmination of centuries of progress.

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  • The Proper Study?
  • Gender, Biography, and the Public Sphere
  • From Biography to Hagiography: Some Stable Patterns in the Greek and Latin Tradition of Lives, including Lives of the Saints
  • Biography and Autobiography in the Italian Renaissance
  • National Biography and the Arts of Memory: From Thomas Fuller to Colin Matthew
  • From Eulogy to Biography: The French Academic Eloge
  • Adding Stones to the Edifice: Patterns of German Biography
  • Shaping Victorian Biography: From Anecdote to Bildungsroman
  • Sainte-Beuve: Biography, Criticism and the Literary
  • Yury Tynyanov and the 'Literary Fact'
  • Freud and the Art of Biography
  • The Newness of the 'New Biography': Biographical Theory and Practice in the Early Twentieth Century
  • The Biographer as Archaeologist
  • Writing Lives Forwards: A Case for Strictly Chronological Biography
  • Shaping the Truth
  • Sartre's Existential Biographies: A Search for a Method
  • A Life on Film
  • 'The Solace of Doubt'? Biographical Methodology after the Short Twentieth Century

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書名 Mapping lives : the uses of biography
著作者等 France, Peter
St. Clair, William
出版元 Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2004, c2002
ページ数 ix, 350 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0197263186
NCID BA74797649
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス