Life Writing

As early as Eadmer's Life and Conversations of Anselm ( 1124 ) the biographer ... has made the preservation of talk a phenomenon of modern life - writing .

Author: Donald J. Winslow

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824817133

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 76

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This text presents an introduction and a reference source of terms in the writing of biographies, autobiographies and related literature.

Women s Life Writing and Imagined Communities

As medium changes , so do narrative possibilities and consequently the telling of a life or group of lives . Yet another direction women's life writing is ...

Author: Cynthia Anne Huff

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415372208

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 330

View: 969


Recognising the great legacy of women's life writings, this book draws on a wealth of sources to critically examine the impact of these writings on our communities.

Life Writing

Before moving on from this section, I would like briefly to outline for you some further ideas that provide through-lines in life writing narratives.

Author: Sara Haslam

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000159370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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Life Writing offers the novice writer engaging and creative activities, making use of insightful, relevant readings from well-known authors to illustrate the techniques presented. This volume makes use of new versions of key chapters from the recent Routledge/Open University textbook, Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings for writers who are specializing in life writing. Using their experience and expertise as teachers as well as authors, Derek Neale and Sara Haslam guide aspiring writers through such key writing skills as: writing what you know, investigating biography and autobiography, using prefaces, finding a form, using memory, developing characters, using novelistic, poetic and dramatic techniques. The volume is further updated to include never-before published interviews and conversations with successful life writers such as Jenny Diski, Robert Fraser, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Jackie Kay, Hanif Kureishi and Blake Morrison. Concise and practical, Life Writing offers an inspirational guide to the methods and techniques of authorship and is a must-read for aspiring writers.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

Gender and Life Writing Hinduism and Life Writing Holocaust Writings Identity Illness and Life Writing Immigration Writings, American Individualism and Life ...

Author: Margaretta Jolly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136787430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1150

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

On Life Writing

'Life-writing' is a generic term used to describe a range of writings about lives or parts of lives, or which provide materials out of which lives or parts ...

Author: Zachary Leader

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191081361

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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'Life-writing' is a generic term meant to encompass a range of writings about lives or parts of lives, or which provide materials out of which lives or parts of lives are composed. These writings include not only memoir, autobiography, biography, diaries, autobiographical fiction, and biographical fiction, but letters, writs, wills, written anecdotes, depositions, marginalia, lyric poems, scientific and historical writings, and digital forms (including blogs, tweets, Facebook entries). On Life-Writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life-writing, introducing readers to something of the range of forms the term encompasses, their changing fortunes and features, the notions of 'life,' 'self' and 'story' which help to explain these changing fortunes and features, recent attempts to group forms, the permeability of the boundaries between forms, the moral problems raised by life-writing in all forms, but particularly in fictional forms, and the relations between life-writing and history, life-writing and psychoanalysis, life-writing and philosophy. The essays mostly focus on individual instances rather than fields, whether historical, theoretical or generic. Generalizations are grounded in particulars. For example, the role of the 'life-changing encounter,' a frequent trope in literary life-writing, is pondered by Hermione Lee through an account of a much-storied first meeting between the philosopher Isaiah Berlin and the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; James Shapiro examines the history of the 'cradle to grave' life-narrative, as well as the potential distortions it breeds, by focusing on Shakespeare biography, in particular attempts to explain Shakespeare's so-called 'lost years'.

Romantic women s life writing

It was also at this time that debates proliferated over the respectability of writing and reading life narratives, and according to Eugene Stelzig, ...

Author: Susan Civale

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526101280

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This book explores how the publication of women’s life writing influenced the reputation of its writers and of the genre itself during the long nineteenth century. It provides case studies of Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson and Mary Hays, four writers whose names were caught up in debates about the moral and literary respectability of publishing the ‘private’. Focusing on gender, genre and authorship, this study examines key works of life writing by and about these women, and the reception of these texts. It argues for the importance of life writing—a crucial site of affective and imaginative identification—in shaping authorial reputation and afterlife. The book ultimately constructs a fuller picture of the literary field in the long nineteenth century and the role of women writers and their life writing within it.

Life Writing and Celebrity

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing Blog. Marshall, P. David , and Neil Henderson . 2016.

Author: Sandra Mayer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000682366

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 146

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This book examines the relationship between life writing and celebrity in English-language and comparative literary and cultural contexts, focusing on historical as well as contemporary auto/biographical subjects. With contributions on the 18th-century actress Peg Woffington, Charles Dickens, Mary Pickford, Sergei Eisenstein, W.H. Auden, Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson, amongst others, the book encompasses a wide range of disciplines and approaches. It explores the representation of famous lives in genres as varied as TV documentary, biopic, biofiction, journalism, (authorized) biography, and painting. The contributors address broad themes including authenticity, self-fashioning, identity politics, and ethics; and reflect on the ways in which these affect the reading and writing of celebrity lives. This volume is the first to bring together life writing and celebrity studies—two vibrant and innovative areas of research which are closely connected through their shared concerns with authenticity and intimacy, public and private selves, myth-making and revelation. As such it will be of interest to a wide range of scholars from across the humanities. This book was originally published as a special issue of Life Writing.

The Life Writing Workbook

How to Work Through Your Life'S Unresolved Emotional Experiences Aihi ... Because of all these things, I felt that the Life Writing Project would just be ...

Author: Aihi

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781504336635

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 148

View: 983


I stumbled upon life writing at age?twenty-nine. I was?at?that moment in?a divorce?when you know its over?and its time to move on. I?realized how little?I?understood my life and that?I had no real sense of?how to make a life.?I wanted a life.?I wanted?a certain kind of?satisfaction?from life?that I knew existed; yet here I was, very clear that?this?marriage?wasnt going to work out?and faced with raising?a?lovely?child?alone?as I?made?my way?toward this certain something I couldnt even name. I moved in with my best friends parents, who were very kind to me. To?try to get a handle on things, I?secluded?myself?in their?basement for many evenings to dissect?my?life story.?It was just instinct.?Starting with?my?earliest memory, I?started the?walk?forward, sifting carefully through each?experience I could?recall. I would approach?certain memories?in the writing, and my body would tighten.?At first I just kept going, but those particular memories called me back. So I went back, slowed down, and?sifted more carefullylooking at the?scene, the?circumstances, the?people involved, and?at?myself, my emotions, my perceptions, and my?fears. At the end?of this?rather intense?process,?there was no doubt that something?in me?had shifted. I?felt?a new?sense of self-possession. I felt aware of myself in a way I wasnt before.?I can see this same new presence and power arise in the faces of?others as they complete the life-writing process. The Life Writing Workbook guides you step-by-step through eight sessions of deeply engaging, private, and transformative writing through your life story.?

The Work of Life Writing

Life. Writing. Reflections. on. My. Morbid. Career*. The editors of this special issue honored me greatly by citing early work of mine in their call for ...

Author: G. Thomas Couser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000367379

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Life writing, in its various forms, does work that other forms of expression do not; it bears on the world in a way distinct from imaginative genres like fiction, drama, and poetry; it acts in and on history in significant ways. Memoirs of illness and disability often seek to depathologize the conditions that they recount. Memoirs of parents by their children extend or alter relations forged initially face to face in the home. At a time when memoir and other forms of life writing are being produced and consumed in unprecedented numbers, this book reminds readers that memoir is not mainly a "literary" genre or mere entertainment. Similarly, letters are not merely epiphenomena of our "real lives." Correspondence does not just serve to communicate; it enacts and sustains human relationships. Memoir matters, and there’s life in letters. All life writing arises of our daily lives and has distinctive impacts on them and the culture in which we live.

Women s Life Writing and Early Modern Ireland

Equally important to the increased interest in and understanding of these life writers are the numerous new or first editions of their texts.

Author: Julie A. Eckerle

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803299979

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 342

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Women’s Life Writing and Early Modern Ireland provides an original perspective on both new and familiar texts in this first critical collection to focus on seventeenth-century women’s life writing in a specifically Irish context. By shifting the focus away from England—even though many of these writers would have identified themselves as English—and making Ireland and Irishness the focus of their essays, the contributors resituate women’s narratives in a powerful and revealing landscape. This volume addresses a range of genres, from letters to book marginalia, and a number of different women, from now-canonical life writers such as Mary Rich and Ann Fanshawe to far less familiar figures such as Eliza Blennerhassett and the correspondents and supplicants of William King, archbishop of Dublin. The writings of the Boyle sisters and the Duchess of Ormonde—women from the two most important families in seventeenth-century Ireland—also receive a thorough analysis. These innovative and nuanced scholarly considerations of the powerful influence of Ireland on these writers’ construction of self, provide fresh, illuminating insights into both their writing and their broader cultural context.

The Life Writing of Otherness

70 audience: African-American writers' distrust of white readers, 37 divided, 1 of life writing of otherness, 7,8 Austen, Jane, 29 author, theory of, 8, ...

Author: Lauren Rusk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136537431

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Focusing on innovative works by Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston and Winterson, the author analyzes how they each represent the self as unique, collectively "other," and inclusively human, and how these conflicting aspects of selfhood interact.

Experiments in Life Writing

Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. Saunders, Max. Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction and the Forms ...

Author: Lucia Boldrini

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319554143

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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This volume examines innovative intersections of life-writing and experimental fiction in the 20th and 21st centuries, bringing together scholars and practicing biographers from several disciplines (Modern Languages, English and Comparative Literature, Creative Writing). It covers a broad range of biographical, autobiographical, and hybrid practices in a variety of national literatures, among them many recent works: texts that test the ground between fact and fiction, that are marked by impressionist, self-reflexive and intermedial methods, by their recourse to myth, folklore, poetry, or drama as they tell a historical character’s story. Between them, the essays shed light on the broad range of auto/biographical experimentation in modern Europe and will appeal to readers with an interest in the history and politics of form in life-writing: in the ways in which departures from traditional generic paradigms are intricately linked with specific views of subjectivity, with questions of personal, communal, and national identity. The Introduction of this book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via

The Arvon Book of Life Writing

Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir Sally Cline, Carole Angier. Altogether, we have some of the most fascinating talkers about life writing ever ...

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408124185

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Essential reading for anyone interested in writing biography or memoir, with practical advice from successful biographers and creative writing teachers.

Transformative Learning Through Creative Life Writing

Creative. Life. Writing. Arising from a research project conducted over two years, Tmmformntivz Learning through Creative Lifi: Writing examines the effects ...

Author: Celia Hunt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136734038

Category: Education

Page: 216

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Arising from a research project conducted over two years, Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing examines the effects of fictional autobiography on adult learners’ sense of self. Starting from a teaching and learning perspective, Hunt draws together ideas from psychodynamic psychotherapy, literary and learning theory, and work in the cognitive and neurosciences of the self and consciousness, to argue that creative life writing undertaken in a supportive learning environment, alongside opportunities for critical reflection, has the power to transform the way people think and learn. It does this by opening them up to a more embodied self-experience, which increases their awareness of the source of their thinking in bodily feeling and enables them to develop a more reflexive approach to learning. Hunt locates this work within recent developments in the influential field of transformative learning. She also identifies it as a form of therapeutic education arguing, contrary to those who say that this approach leads to a diminished sense of self, that it can help people to develop a stronger sense of agency, whether for writing or learning or relations with others. Topics covered include: Creative writing as a tool for personal and professional development The transformative benefits and challenges of creative writing as a therapeutic activity The relationships between literary structures and the processes of thinking and feeling The role of cognitive-emotional learning in adult education Collaborative learning and the role of the group This book will interest teachers in adult, further and higher education who wish to use creative life writing as a tool for learning, as well as health care professionals seeking art-based techniques for use in their practice. It will also prove useful to academics interested in the relationship between education and psychotherapy, and in the theory and practice of transformative learning. Additionally, it will appeal to writers seeking a deeper understanding of the creative process.

Life Writing Contemporary Autobiography Biography and Travel Writing

My work on life writing has mainly focused on issues of representation and, especially lately, on ethical issues in the representation of vulnerable others.

Author: Koray Melikoglu

Publisher: ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press

ISBN: 9783838257648

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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These proceedings of the international 2006 symposium ‘The Theory and Practice of Life Writing: Auto/biography, Memoir and Travel Writing in Post/modern Literature’ at Haliç University, Istanbul, include the majority of contributions to this event, some of them heavily revised for publication. A first group, treatments of more comprehensive and/or theoretical aspects of life and travel writing, concerns genre history (Nazan Aksoy; Manfred Pfister), typology (Manfred Pfister; Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson), issues of narration (Gerald P. Mulderig; Rana Tekcan), the recent phenomenon of blogging (Leman Giresunlu), and therapeutic narrative (Wendy Ryden). A second group—whose concern often heavily overlaps with the first in that it also pursues theoretical goals—concentrates on individual authors and artists: Sabâ Altınsay and Dido Sotiriou (Banu Özel), Samuel Beckett (Oya Berk), the sculptor Alexander Calder (Barbara B. Zabel), G. Thomas Couser and his filial memoir, Moris Farhi (Bronwyn Mills), Jean Genet (Clare Brandabur), Henry James (Laurence Raw), Orhan Pamuk (Dilek Doltaş; Ayşe F. Ece), Sylvia Plath (Richard J. Larschan), Edouard Roditi (Clifford Endres), Sara Rosenberg (Claire Emilie Martin), the dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai (Leena Chandorkar), Alev Tekinay (Özlem Öğüt), Uwe Timm (Jutta Birmele), and female British and American Oriental travellers (Tea Jansson).

Life Writing and Space

... and it brings together chapters written by scholars both from within and ... but also crucially advanced our thinking about life writing and space.

Author: Eveline Kilian

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317105220

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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How does our ability, desire or failure to locate ourselves within space, and with respect to certain places, effect the construction and narration of our identities? Approaching recordings and interpretations of selves, memories and experiences through the lens of theories of space and place, this book brings the recent spatial turn in the Humanities to bear upon the work of life writing. It shows how concepts of subjectivity draw on spatial ideas and metaphors, and how the grounding and uprooting of the self is understood in terms of place. The different chapters investigate ways in which selves are reimagined through relocation and the traversing of spaces and texts. Many are concerned with the politics of space: how racial, social and sexual topographies are navigated in life writing. Some examine how focusing on space, rather than time, impacts upon auto/biographical form. The book blends sustained theoretical reflections with textual analyses and also includes experimental contributions that explore independencies between spaces and selves by combining criticism with autobiography. Together, they testify that life writing can hardly be thought of without its connection to space.

Life Writing Genre and Criticism in the Texts of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland

A portrait is one and, since writing can be another form of talking, ... This book therefore reveals the extent to which life-writing texts can fulfil ...

Author: Ailsa T. Granne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000091991

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Sylvia Townsend Warner has increasingly become recognized as a significant and distinctive talent amongst twentieth-century authors. This volume explores her remarkable relationship with Valentine Ackland - her partner for forty years - by closely examining their letters and diaries alongside a selection of their other texts, in particular their poetry. This analysis reveals the crucial role their writing played in establishing, maintaining, and defending their intimacy and describes the emergence of an alternative textual world upon which they became wholly reliant. Examining how Warner and Ackland exploited the distance between their lived life and their accounts of it, gives rise to many fascinating and untold stories. Furthermore, in investigating the fluidity of the boundaries between letters, diaries and fiction this book also provides a fresh perspective on these life-writing forms. Warner and Ackland's need to speak as women, writers and lovers, shaped their texts, so that they became not simply records of events, nor acts of communication, but complex documents in which love is won and lost, myths are created, and lives are changed, as will be the perspectives of those who read this book.

German Women s Life Writing and the Holocaust

Holocaust memoirs, Kremer notes that “the survivor-writers conflate three characteristically separate roles: the victim who experiences, the eyewitness who ...

Author: Elisabeth Krimmer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108658560

Category: Literary Criticism


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This important study examines women's life writing about the Second World War and the Holocaust, such as memoirs, diaries, docunovels, and autobiographically inspired fiction. Through a historical and literary study of the complex relationship between gender, genocide, and female agency, the analyzes correct androcentric views of the Second World War and seek to further our understanding of a group that, although crucial to the functioning of the National Socialist regime, has often been overlooked: that of the complicit bystander. Chapters on army auxiliaries, nurses, female refugees, rape victims, and Holocaust survivors analyze women's motivations for enlisting in the National Socialist cause, as well as for their continuing support for the regime and, in some cases, their growing estrangement from it. The readings allow insights into the nature of complicity itself, the emergence of violence in civil society, and the possibility of social justice.

Reading Life Writing Fiction

Author: Richard Martin

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105016794203

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 331

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Studies of the American novel of the 20s and 30s have tended to concentrate either on works by men (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck), or on those written in the tradition of experimental modernism (Stein, Faulkner, Djuna Barnes). Based on the conviction that women writers of the period fictionalized their own private and public experiences and concerns, the present study offers an analytical introduction to some hundred novels by more than thirty writers. Its aim is to recover a significant corpus of forgotten or ignored texts, which will make a reconsideration of the centers of interest of American modernism unavoidable.

Writing Life Writing

Why do we endlessly tell the stories of our lives? And why do others pay attention when we do? The essays collected here address these questions, focusing on three different but interrelated dimensions of life writing.

Author: Paul John Eakin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000088106

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Why do we endlessly tell the stories of our lives? And why do others pay attention when we do? The essays collected here address these questions, focusing on three different but interrelated dimensions of life writing. The first section, "Narrative," argues that narrative is not only a literary form but also a social and cultural practice, and finally a mode of cognition and an expression of our most basic physiology. The next section, "Life Writing: Historical Forms," makes the case for the historical value of the subjectivity recorded in ego-documents. The essays in the final section, "Autobiography Now," identify primary motives for engaging in self-narration in an age characterized by digital media and quantum cosmology.