The Arvon Book of Life Writing

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

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.

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'.

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: 152

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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.

British Women s Life Writing 1760 1840

British Women's Life Writing, 1760-1840 brings together for the first time a wide range of print and manuscript sources to demonstrate women's innovative approach to self-representation.

Author: A. Culley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137274229

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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British Women's Life Writing, 1760-1840 brings together for the first time a wide range of print and manuscript sources to demonstrate women's innovative approach to self-representation. It examines canonical writers, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, and Helen Maria Williams, amongst others.

Life Writing

Since the publication of the first edition in 1980, the field of life-writing has grown at a rapid rate. Accordingly Winslow has expanded the bibliography ...

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.

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

Kaplan, Carla, The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms ... Leader, Zachery, On Life-Writing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

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.

Encyclopedia of Life Writing

The entries on life writing in relation to world religions and religious contexts is one response to this. A variety of disciplinary approaches has also ...

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.

Life Writing

I was writing to Hugh , and the pen jumped from my fingers . I was thinking (
among other things ) : that this is a lazy life . Breakfast in bed . Read in bed . Bath
. Order dinner . Out to Lodge . After rearranging my room ( turning table to get the
sun ...

Author: Winifred Bryan Horner

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 0130792373

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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In readings that move from personal diaries and personal letters through autobiography and biography that assumes a public readership, and finally to the essay, the reader is led through an ever-widening audience. Starting with pieces that draw entirely on the writer's life to biography requiring research into another person's life, the reader moves from subjective to objective experience and finally to the essay that attempts to put that experience into a larger context. The selections are followed by "Musings" which suggest features of the writing that the reader might imitate and recommendations for writing. "Connections" presents ways in which individual pieces might be paired with others to make interesting comparisons and to generate other writing ideas. A range of familiar and unfamiliar selections are organized from the subjective to the objective and become increasingly difficult. They present a wide range of writing styles to allow readers to become comfortable with many styles. In addition, these selections represent a variety of cultures and historical periods to give readers an appreciation of other cultures and a sense of history. A valuable book for any reader who wishes to improve their writing skills by reading a variety of selections by a range of writers.

Women s Life Writing and Early Modern Ireland

To best attend to the complexity and range of women's life writing during this period, we have loosely organized the following chapters by genre rather than ...

Author: Julie A. Eckerle

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496214263

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 348

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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

The first part of that claim—“a version of the author's own life”—refers to ... the world or as to a subject brought into being through the act of writing .

Author: Lauren Rusk

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815336556

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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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

The experimental life-writing projects discussed by Pietra Palazzolo, Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir, and Vanessa Hannesschläger are marked by fragmentation and ...

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 link.springer.com.

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).

Transformative Learning Through Creative Life Writing

And yet the positive felt joyoas to write. The sense of 'empowerment' this exercise brings spurs Claire on to 'make two swift changes in my life', ...

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 and Celebrity

Specifically, her research has shed light on the role of ghostwriting and its ... The growing academic interest in the intersections of life writing and ...

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 Arvon Book of Life Writing

Planning Important general points for all life writers Whichever genre you want to write in – read, read, read! Learn from good writers.

Author: Sally Cline

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408122716

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

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

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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

(A 'palimpsest' is a parchment that has been prepared for writing on more than once.) Vidal 'starts with life; makes a text; then a re-vision – literally, ...

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.

Writing Vietnam Writing Life

... I turned my attention to securing the other writers' involvement. ... and to discuss details of his life and writing since our visit in Cambridge.

Author: Tobey C. Herzog

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587297236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Phillip Caputo, Larry Heinemann, Tim O’Brien, and Robert Olen Butler: four young midwestern Americans coming of age during the 1960s who faced a difficult personal decision—whether or not to fight in Vietnam. Each chose to participate. After coming home, these four veterans became prizewinning authors telling the war stories and life stories of soldiers and civilians. The four extended conversations included in Writing Vietnam, Writing Life feature revealing personal stories alongside candid assessments of each author’s distinct roles as son, soldier, writer, and teacher of creative writing. As Tobey Herzog's thoughtful interviews reveal, these soldier-authors have diverse upbringings, values, interests, writing careers, life experiences, and literary voices. They hold wide-ranging views on, among other things, fatherhood, war, the military, religion, the creative process, the current state of the world, and the nature of both physical and moral courage. For each author, the conversation and richly annotated chronology provide an overview of the writer’s life, the intersection of memory and imagination in his writing, and the path of his literary career. Together, these four life stories also offer mini-tableaux of the fascinating and troubling time of 1960s and 1970s America. Above all, the conversations reveal that each author is linked forever to the Vietnam War, the country of Vietnam, and its people.