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The Resource The Oxford history of life-writing, general editor: Zachary Leader

The Oxford history of life-writing, general editor: Zachary Leader

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The Oxford history of life-writing
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The Oxford history of life-writing
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general editor: Zachary Leader
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eng
Summary
  • VOLUME 1: The Middle Ages explores the richness and variety of life-writing from late Antiquity to the threshold of the Renaissance. During the Middle Ages, writers from Bede to Chaucer were thinking about life and experimenting with ways to translate lives, their own and others', into literature. Their subjects included career religious, saints, celebrities, visionaries, pilgrims, princes, philosophers, poets, and even a few 'ordinary people.' They relay life stories not only in chronological narratives, but also in debates, dialogues, visions, and letters. Many medieval biographers relied on the reader's trust in their authority, but some espoused standards of evidence that seem distinctly modern, drawing on reliable written sources, interviewing eyewitnesses, and cross-checking their facts wherever possible. Others still professed allegiance to evidence but nonetheless freely embellished and invented not only events and dialogue but the sources to support them. The first book devoted to life-writing in medieval England, The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 1: The Middle Ages covers major life stories in Old and Middle English, Latin, and French, along with such Continental classics as the letters of Abelard and Heloise and the autobiographical Vision of Christine de Pizan. In addition to the life stories of historical figures, it treats accounts of fictional heroes, from Beowulf to King Arthur to Queen Katherine of Alexandria, which show medieval authors experimenting with, adapting, and expanding the conventions of life writing. Though Medieval life writings can be challenging to read, we encounter in them the antecedents of many of our own diverse biographical forms-tabloid lives, literary lives, brief lives, revisionist lives; lives of political figures, memoirs, fictional lives, and psychologically-oriented accounts that register the inner lives of their subjects
  • VOLUME 2: Early Modern explores life-writing in England between 1500 and 1700, and argues that this was a period which saw remarkable innovations in biography, autobiography, and diary-keeping that laid the foundations for our modern life-writing. The challenges wrought by the upheavals and the sixteenth-century English Reformation and seventeenth-century Civil Wars moulded British and early American life-writing in unique and lasting ways. While classical and medieval models continued to exercise considerable influence, new forms began to challenge them. The English Reformation banished the saints' lives that dominated the writings of medieval Catholicism, only to replace them with new lives of Protestant martyrs. Novel forms of self-accounting came into existence: from the daily moral self-accounting dictated by strands of Calvinism, to the daily financial self-accounting modelled on the new double-entry book-keeping. This volume shows how the most ostensibly private journals were circulated to build godly communities; how women found new modes of recording and understanding their disrupted lives; how men started to compartmentalize their lives for public and private consumption. The volume doesn't intend to present a strict chronological progression from the medieval to the modern, nor to suggest the triumphant rise of the fact-based historical biography. Instead, it portrays early modern England as a site of multiple, sometimes conflicting possibilities for life-writing, all of which have something to teach us about how the period understood both the concept of a 'life' and what it mean to 'write' a life
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
CDX
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1967-
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  • Leader, Zachary
  • Stewart, Alan
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  • Biography
  • Autobiography
  • Biography in literature
  • Autobiography in literature
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Historiography
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The Oxford history of life-writing, general editor: Zachary Leader
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Volume 1. The Middle Ages / Karen A. Winstead -- Volume 2. Early modern / Alan Stewart -- Volume 3. Eighteenth century / Rebecca Bullard -- Volume 4. Romantic -- Volume 5. Nineteenth century -- Volume 6. Modernist -- Volume 7. Later twentieth century and contemporary / Patrick Hayes
Control code
038789314
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
7 volumes
Isbn
9780198707035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The Oxford history of life-writing, general editor: Zachary Leader
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Volume 1. The Middle Ages / Karen A. Winstead -- Volume 2. Early modern / Alan Stewart -- Volume 3. Eighteenth century / Rebecca Bullard -- Volume 4. Romantic -- Volume 5. Nineteenth century -- Volume 6. Modernist -- Volume 7. Later twentieth century and contemporary / Patrick Hayes
Control code
038789314
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
7 volumes
Isbn
9780198707035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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