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6. Against Biography

6. Against Biography  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0006
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Modernism has been quite hostile to biography, which until the 20th-century was largely un-theorised. ‘Against Biography’ examines the aesthetic and artistic objections to biography by ... More
2. Exemplary Lives

2. Exemplary Lives  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0002
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‘Exemplary Lives’ traces the history of western biography from its beginnings in antiquity to Aubrey's Brief Lives in the seventeenth-century England. The snippets of the lives of famous ... More
5. Fallen Idols

5. Fallen Idols  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0005
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If Victorian biography was seen as reticent and decorous, biography at the start of the 20th-century was candid, psychoanalytical, and experimental. ‘Fallen Idols’ charts the progress of ... More
4. National Biography

4. National Biography  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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The hallmarks of Victorian biography, quite unlike the risky narratives of the generation before — were morality and reticence. ‘National Biography’ traces the development in biographical ... More
7. Public Roles

7. Public Roles  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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What is the biography's relation to the performance aspect of identity, the individual's public role? ‘Public Roles’ explores the often difficult task of disentangling the public ... More
8. Telling the Story

8. Telling the Story  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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‘Telling the Story’ illustrates that different kinds of narratives may fit different kinds of narrative subject. Some lives demand experiment in form whilst others require a more ... More
1. The Biography Channel

1. The Biography Channel  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0001
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Can we agree a definition of biography? ‘The Biography Channel’ examines the difficulty of defining a neat, single meaning for biography. Two metaphors offer different perspectives on ... More
3. Warts and All

3. Warts and All  

Hermione Lee

in Biography: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2009
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9780191777226
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10.1093/actrade/9780199533541.003.0003
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‘Warts of All’ looks at the most famous biography in the English language, Boswell's Life of Johnson. Why did the life of such an eccentric, opinionated, neurotic 18th-century ... More

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