Auto/Biographical Discourses (Laura Marcus)

by Laura Marcus

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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherManchester University Press
File size4.1 Mb
Release date 01.01.1999
Pages count322
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In this new critical study, Laura Marcus explores autobiography as a genre and as an organizing concept in nineteenth and twentieth 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. Autobiography has itself been perceived as an unstable and hybrid genre: it appears either as a dangerous double agent moving between these oppositions, or as a magical instrument of their reconciliation. This book 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 of subjectivity and genre; as well as contemporary autobiographical writings and feminist theories of life-writing.
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