Palgrave Studies in Life Writing

Experiments in Life-Writing

Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction

Editors: Boldrini, Lucia, Novak, Julia (Eds.)

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  • Covers a broad range of biographical, autobiographical, and hybrid practices in a variety of national literatures
  • Sheds light on the broad range of auto/biographical experimentation and innovation in modern Europe
  • Features an interview with award-winning biographical novelist Janice Galloway
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Lucia Boldrini is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is the author of Autobiographies of Others (2012), Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations (2001) and Biografie fittizie e personaggi storici (1998).

Julia Novak is a Marie Andessner Research Fellow at King’s College London, UK and the University of Salzburg, Austria, working on a project on biographical novels about historical women artists. She has written a book on reading groups, Gemeinsam Lesen (2007), and a book on Live Poetry (2011).

Reviews

“Lucia Boldrini and Julia Novak have assembled a thought-provoking collection that succeeds in making those ‘questions about the very nature and being of verbal art’ every bit as fundamental to life-writing as to other kinds of literature.” (Patrick Hayes, European Journal of Life Writing, Vol. 07, 2018)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Experiments in Life-Writing: Introduction

    Novak, Julia

    Pages 1-36

  • “[A] Novel Should Be the Biography of a Man or of an Affair, and a Biography, Whether of a Man or an Affair, Should Be a Novel.” Ford Madox Ford and Modernist Experiments in Biography

    Saunders, Max

    Pages 39-59

  • “Christ this is Getting Tedious!”: Beckettian Tone Versus Autobiographical Memory in B. S. Johnson’s Trawl

    Wimbush, Andy

    Pages 61-77

  • “My Publisher Urged Me to Write an Autobiography”: Christine Brooke-Rose’s Experiments with Life Writing

    Kilian, Eveline

    Pages 79-102

  • “Tell[ing] One Story in Place of Another”: Journeys of Discovery in Jackie Kay’s Autobiographical Prose and Poetry

    Palazzolo, Pietra

    Pages 105-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Experiments in Life-Writing
Book Subtitle
Intersections of Auto/Biography and Fiction
Editors
  • Lucia Boldrini
  • Julia Novak
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55414-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55414-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55413-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85653-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 298
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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