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Auto/biographical Discourse: Criticism, Theory, Practice

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Pages: 256

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Manchester University Press (3 Nov. 1994)

By: Laura Marcus (Author)

In this study, Laura Marcus explores autobiography as a genre and as an organizing concept in 19th- and 20th-century thought. Drawing on a wide range of writings, both literary and theoretical, she shows how autobiography and biography have been crucial in debates over subject and object, public and private, fact and fiction - debates now refigured in feminist theory. The study explores the significance of the genre in eugenics and theories of 'genius', the 'new biography' of Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf and others, autobiography and historical consciousness from Wilhelm Dilthey to the present, recent theories of subjectivity and genre and contemporary autobiographical writings and feminist theories of life-writing.

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