Writing Lives

Author: Kevin Sharpe,Steven N. Zwicker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199217017

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 369

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Writing Lives argues that the modern biographical model has in many respects distorted early modern lives which rather than organic and developmental narratives of a coherent subject were written and represented in a vast array of textual sites and generic forms. Such lives were imagined and written not to entertain or even simply to inform, but to edify, instruct, and counsel. By applying new critical questions and perspectives, most of all by returningto history and interrogating how early moderns imagined and narrated lives, these essays enable us newly to conceive the meaning of those lives and begin to rewrite their histories free of the imperatives andteleologies of Enlightenment.

Writing Lives

Author: Midge Gillies

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052173231X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 8768


Critical introductions to a range of literary topics and genres. Writing Lives takes as its focus life writing, both autobiography and biography, discussing these genres specifically within the contexts of the lives and literary careers of writers, past and present. In addition to exploring the key characteristics of life writing, the book also examines the relationship between the lives of authors and the influence of these lives both on their own writing and on the reception of their work by contemporary and later readers. The book traces the origins of literary biography from its early roots to its position as a best-selling genre in its own right.

Writing Lives Together

Author: Felicity James,Julian North

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351393073

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 148

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A diary entry, begun by a wife and finished by a husband; a map of London, its streets bearing the names of forgotten lives; biographies of siblings, and of spouses; a poem which gives life to long-dead voices from the archives. All these feature in this volume as examples of ‘writing lives together’: British life writing which has been collaboratively authored and/or joins together the lives of multiple subjects. The contributions to this book range over published and unpublished material from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, including biography, auto/biographical memoirs, letters, diaries, sermons, maps and directories. The book closes with essays by contemporary, practising biographers, Daisy Hay and Laurel Brake, who explain their decisions to move away from the single subject in writing the lives of figures from the Romantic and Victorian periods. We conclude with the reflections and work of a contemporary poet, Kathleen Bell, writing on James Watt (1736–1819) and his family, in a ghostly collaboration with the archives. Taken as a whole, the collection offers distinctive new readings of collaboration in theory and practice, reflecting on the many ways in which lives might be written together: across gender boundaries, across time, across genre. This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.

Writing Lives

Author: Irene Staunton

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 1779222564

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 108

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Writing Lives, a collection of short stories, featuring Lawrence Hoba, Tendai Huchu, Tendai Machingaidze, Nevanji Madanhire, Daniel Mandishona, Christopher Mlalazi, Blessing Musariri, Chiedza Musengezi, Sekai Nzenza, Fungisayi Sasa and Emmanuel Sigauke. Writing Lives is the seventh of Weaver's anthologies of short stories following Writing Still, Writing Now, Laughing Now, Women Writing Zimbabwe, Mazambuko and Writing Free. As with the other anthologies, this vibrant collection reflects the lives and experiences of Zimbabweans as filtered through the lens of each author's perceptions. Writing Lives gives us stories that will make us laugh and bring tears to our eyes as it provides a focus on the past, the present and even the future.

Writing War, Writing Lives

Author: Kate McLoughlin,Lara Feigel,Nancy Martin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315529599

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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War affects life writing and lives affect war writing. The traditional forms of life writing—memoir, biography, letters, diaries—buckle under the strain of war. War writing has fewer traditional forms but exists at a similar extreme. The eight chapters in this book, written by leading and up-and-coming scholars in the field, illuminate the creative innovations, improvisations, and implosions which happen when the demands of writing war and writing lives collide. Central to all is the question of authenticity: how can wars and lives be known and who can speak of them with authority? This volume has a generous chronological and generic range, beginning in the early 1800s and stretching to 21st-century texts, and covering letters, diaries, fiction, ‘fakeries’, poetry, biography, testimony, songs, objects, and digital media. The mix of authors is similarly varied: Thomas Hardy, W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Bowen rub shoulders with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (a contemporary Palestinian poet), Farah Baker (a Gazan teenager) and the writers behind the pen-names Araki Yasusada and Jiri Kajanë. This book was originally published as a special issue of Textual Practice.

Doing Time, Writing Lives

Author: Patrick W. Berry

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809336375

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Doing Time, Writing Lives offers a much-needed analysis of the teaching of college writing in U.S. prisons. Through the examination of a college-in-prison program, Berry exposes not only incarcerated students' hopes and dreams for their futures but also their anxieties about whether education will help them.

Men of Letters, Writing Lives

Author: Trev Lynn Broughton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134891563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Trev Lynn Broughton takes an in-depth look at the developments within Victorian auto/biography, and asks what we can learn about the conditions and limits of male literary authority. Providing a feminist analysis of the effects of this literary production on culture, Broughton looks at the increase in professions with a vested interest in the written Life; the speeding up of the Life-and-Letters industry during this period; the institutionalization of Life-writing; and the consequent spread of a network of mainly male practitioners and commentators. This study focuses on two case studies from the period 1880-1903: the theories and achievements of Sir Leslie Stephen and the debate surrounding James Anthony Froude's account of the marriage of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.

Writing Lives in China, 1600-2010

Author: Marjorie Dryburgh,Sarah Dauncey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137368578

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

View: 1984


This innovative collection explores the life stories of Chinese women and men between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. It draws on both biographical and autobiographical narratives and on perspectives taken from life writing theory to ask how lives were lived and written within and against the rules of the auto/biographical game.

Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives

Author: Justine Dymond

Publisher: Demeter Press

ISBN: 1926452925

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 9971


The authors in this collection examine and critique motherhood memoir, alongside the texts of their own lives, while seeking to transform mothering practice— highlighting revolutionary praxis within books, or, when none is available, creating new visions for social change. Many essays interrogate the tensions of maternal narrative—the negotiation of the historical location of writer and readers, narrative and linguistic constraints, and the slippery ground of memory—as well as the borders constructed between the “objective” scholar and the reader who engages with and identifies with texts through her intellect and her emotional being.