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A History of English Autobiography

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Adam Smyth, Barry Windeatt, David Matthew, Molly Murray, Kathleen Lynch, Suzanne Trill, Tessa Whitehouse, Robert Folkenflik, Lynn Festa, John Richetti, David Vincent, Duncan Wu, Richard Hughes Gibson, Timothy Larsen, Carol Hanbery MacKay, Julie Codell, Stephen Colclough, Max Saunders, Georgia Johnston, Hope Wolf, Laura Marcus, Maud Ellman, Michael O'Neill, Nick Hubble, Bart Moore-Gilbert, Joseph Brooker, Neil Vickers, Roger Luckhurst, Andreas Kitzmann
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  • Date Published: March 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316540657

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  • A History of English Autobiography explores the genealogy of autobiographical writing in England from the medieval period to the digital era. Beginning with an extensive introduction that charts important theoretical contributions to the field, this History includes wide-ranging essays that illuminate the legacy of English autobiography. Organized thematically, these essays survey the multilayered writings of such diverse authors as Chaucer, Bunyan, Carlyle, Newman, Wilde and Woolf. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History is the definitive, single-volume collection on English autobiography and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike.

    • Offers a very wide chronological range
    • New forms of text are considered in relation to the category of autobiography
    • Includes essays by authors of international standing
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Adam Smyth's revelatory history of the genre … told … in new ways, and with fresh examples …' Thomas Keyer, London Review of Books

    'This impressive collection resembles the genre with which it is concerned in so far as it pulls in several directions at once. … like autobiography, the book is suggestive, variegated, provocative.' Trev Broughton, Life Writing

    'Carefully argued, compelling, and ambitious, A History of English Autobiography extends the current revisionist approach to autobiography initiated by Patricia Meyer Spacks, Mary Poovey, Paul De Man, and Philippe Lejeune. Its interrogation of the genre and its rich range of rhetorical forms prove consistently illuminating. In sum, the collection advances the formal study of the self's written rendering.' Katherine Kickel, The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats

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    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316540657
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the range, limits and potentials of the form Adam Smyth
    2. Medieval life-writing: types, encomia, exemplars, patterns Barry Windeatt
    3. Autobiographical selves in the poetry of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve and Lydgate David Matthew
    4. The radicalism of early modern spiritual autobiography Molly Murray
    5. Inscribing the early modern self: the materiality of autobiography Kathleen Lynch
    6. Writing and revolution: civil war lives Suzanne Trill
    7. Money, accounting and life-writing, 1600–1700: balancing a life Adam Smyth
    8. Structures and processes of English spiritual autobiography from Bunyan to Cowper Tessa Whitehouse
    9. 'Written by herself': British women's autobiography in the eighteenth century Robert Folkenflik
    10. The lives of things: objects, it-narratives and fictional autobiography, 1700–1800 Lynn Festa
    11. Empiricist philosophers and eighteenth-century autobiography John Richetti
    12. Working-class autobiography in the nineteenth century David Vincent
    13. Romantic life-writing Duncan Wu
    14. Nineteenth-century spiritual autobiography: Carlyle, Mill, Newman Richard Hughes Gibson and Timothy Larsen
    15. Emerging selves: the autobiographical impulse in Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Anne Thackeray Ritchie and Annie Wood Besant Carol Hanbery MacKay
    16. Victorian artists' autobiographies: transgression, res gestae and the collective life Julie Codell
    17. Victorian print culture: periodicals and serial lives, 1830–60 Stephen Colclough
    18. 'Fusions and interrelations': family members of Henry James, Edmund Gosse and others Max Saunders
    19. Queer lives: Wilde, Stein, Sackville-West, Woolf, Doolittle Georgia Johnston
    20. Anecdotal remembrance: forms of First and Second World War life-writing Hope Wolf
    21. Experiments in form: modernism and autobiography in Woolf, Eliot, Mansfield, Lawrence, Joyce and Dorothy Richardson Laura Marcus
    22. Psychoanalysis and autobiography Maud Ellman
    23. Poetry and autobiography in the 1930s: Auden, Isherwood, MacNeice, Spender Michael O'Neill
    24. Documenting lives: mass observation, women's diaries and everyday modernity Nick Hubble
    25. Postcolonial autobiography in English: the example of Trinidad Bart Moore-Gilbert
    26. Around 2000: memoir as literature Joseph Brooker
    27. Illness narratives Neil Vickers
    28. Breaking the pact: contemporary autobiographical diversions Roger Luckhurst
    29. The machines that write us: social media and the evolution of the autobiographical impulse Andreas Kitzmann.

  • Editor

    Adam Smyth, University of Oxford
    Adam Smyth is the A. C. Bradley–J. C. Maxwell Tutorial Fellow in English Literature and University Lecturer in the History of the Book at Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of Autobiography in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2010) and 'Profit and Delight': Printed Miscellanies in England, 1640–1682, and coeditor, with Gill Partington, of Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary.

    Contributors

    Adam Smyth, Barry Windeatt, David Matthew, Molly Murray, Kathleen Lynch, Suzanne Trill, Tessa Whitehouse, Robert Folkenflik, Lynn Festa, John Richetti, David Vincent, Duncan Wu, Richard Hughes Gibson, Timothy Larsen, Carol Hanbery MacKay, Julie Codell, Stephen Colclough, Max Saunders, Georgia Johnston, Hope Wolf, Laura Marcus, Maud Ellman, Michael O'Neill, Nick Hubble, Bart Moore-Gilbert, Joseph Brooker, Neil Vickers, Roger Luckhurst, Andreas Kitzmann

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