On Life-Writing

ISBN : 9780198816447

Zachary Leader
336 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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On Life-Writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life-writing. The collection brings together eminent scholars and writers to reflect on specific examples of life-writing to reflect broader themes within the genre.


Zachary Leader: Introduction; 1 James Shapiro: Unravelling Shakespeare's Life; 2 Michael Dobson: A Boy from Stratford, 1769-1916: Shakespearean Biography and Romantic Nationalism; 3 William St. Clair: Romantic Biography: Conveying Personality, Intimacy, and Authenticity in an Age of Ink and Paper; 4 Alison Booth: Prosopography and Crowded Attention in Old and New Media; 5 Adam Foulds: Writing Real People; 6 Janis Freedman Bellow: Rosamund and Ravelstein: The Discandying of a Creator's Confection; 7 Hermione Lee: 'From Memory': Literary Encounters and Life-Writing; 8 Karen A. Winstead: Medieval Life-Writing and the Strange Case of Margery Kempe Of Lynn (c.1373-c.1440); 9 Alan Stewart: The Materiality of Early Modern Life-Writing: The Case of Richard Stonley; 10 Joyce E. Chaplin: The Autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin; 11 Blake Morrison: The Worst Thing I Ever Did: The Contemporary Confessional Memoir; 12 J. David Velleman: The Rights to a Life; 13 Patrick Hayes: Human 2.0? Life-Writing In the Digital Age; 14 Laura Marcus: Autobiography and Psychoanalysis; 15 Galen Strawson: The Unstoried Life; Index

About the author: 

Zachary Leader grew up in California but has lived in Britain for over forty years. He was educated at Northwestern University, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Harvard. In addition to teaching at Roehampton, he has taught at Caltech and the University of Chicago. He is the author of Reading Blake's Songs, Writer's Block, Revision and Romantic Authorship, The Life of Kingsley Amis, a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune 1915-1964, volume one of a two-volume biography. He has edited three volumes for OUP: On Modern British Fiction, Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Major Works (with Michael O'Neill) and The Movement Reconsidered. Leader is also general editor of the Oxford History of Life-Writing, a projected seven-volume series. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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